The Mariners have acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Marlins for infield prospect Bryson Brigman and international slot money, as the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer, Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, and The Athletic’s Robert Murray first reported on Tuesday afternoon:
Hearing this will be the Mariners https://t.co/J07BVE6Mbi— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 31, 2018
#Mariners sending Bryson Brigman and international cash to the #Marlins in exchange for Cameron Maybin, source tells The Athletic.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 31, 2018
Maybin, 31, joins a Seattle outfield mix that is full of complementary/platoon types, including Denard Span, Ben Gamel, and Guillermo Heredia, as well as All-Star right fielder Mitch Haniger. While Maybin has posted a mediocre .251/.338/.343 slash line with three homers and eight steals in 287 plate appearances for Miami this season, he’s capable of playing solid defense at all three outfield positions, and coming off a 33-steal season in 2017, he’s clearly still capable of providing speed off the bench in late-game situations.
This will be the second straight season that Maybin has joined a postseason contender — the Mariners have a 2.0-game lead over the Athletics for the second AL Wild Card spot — late in the season. He joined the Astros on August 31 of last year as a waiver pickup and went on to win a World Series with Houston.
Brigman, 23, was the Mariners’ third-round pick in 2016. He’s posted a strong .304/.373/.391 slash line with two homers and 15 steals at High-A Modesto this year while playing 83 games at shortstop and seven at second base. He was rated as the Mariners’ No. 19 prospect by MLB Pipeline.