Mariners trade for Maybin
July 31, 2018
As today's 1:00pm trading deadline approached, GM Jerry Dipoto was, naturally, still working the phones. His efforts landed the Mariners one more piece as we head into the dog days of August, outfielder Cameron Maybin.
Maybin was acquired from the Miami Marlins, in exchange for minor-league shortstop Bryson Brigman and international pool money, about an hour before the deadline. A free agent at season's end, Maybin provides another option for Seattle manager Scott Servais to use in center field, which has been a problem area since Dee Gordon returned to second base in the wake of Robinson Canó's suspension.
Maybin, 31, has just over 1,000 Major League games under his belt in a career spanning at least parts of 12 seasons. This is the sixth time he's been traded—the North Carolinian has played for the Tigers, Padres, Braves, Angels, and Astros in addition to two stints with the Marlins. Maybin's best year was in 2016, with Detroit, when he batted .315/.383/.418 in a platoon role (349 at-bats). The vast majority of his experience is in center field, where he is considered an above-average defender, though he has seen time in the corners as well.
He's had an up-and-down season in 2018, alternating good and bad months at the plate. April was bad for him, evidenced by a .213/.326/.293 batting line; May was better, at .276/.311/.362. June was awful, at .200/.255/.240; July was good, with a line of .309/.427/.456. The disparities are an abberration—over his career, his numbers are consistent through the months of the season except for April (when he's traditionally weak). For whatever its worth, since 2015 Maybin has posted a cumulative line of .252/.254/.382 in the months of August and September.
A right-handed batter, Maybin figures to assume a platoon role with the Mariners in center, sharing time in the lineup with Ben Gamel and displacing Guillermo Heredia.