2022 Cleveland Guardians trade targets: catcher edition
Luis Torrens (Seattle Mariners)
It has been too long since the Guardians/Indians took advantage of the Mariners via trade (the jury is still out on the Jake Bauers deal), and I’m hoping this could be one of those situations. Torrens may be my most coveted target on this list; this past season he slashed .243/.299/.431 with 33 XBH (15 home runs) and 47 RBIs in 108 games. He also played some third base and first, as the Mariners looked to gain some versatility and keep his bat in the lineup.
Tom Murphy, Cal Raleigh, and José Godoy are all on the Seattle 40-man roster. They also have prospect Harry Ford, who they just drafted in the first round of this past year’s draft. Torrens will turn 26 early during the season and is set to make $1.5 million during his first year of arbitration.
Due to the logjam at the position and Torrens not being the greatest defensive catcher, there have been ample rumors about his availability. I have to imagine Seattle would love to get their hands on some pitching depth. Not only would pitching help them continue to solidify their place in the AL West, but given the moves/established bats within the division, it will be much needed.