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The Mariners are interested in Drew Stubbs

Jul 24, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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The Mariners brought back Kendrys Morales in a deal with the Twins today, but they aren’t done attempting to upgrade.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about the availability of outfielder Drew Stubbs. Thomas Harding of confirms the report and adds that the Rockies would be willing to listen if they receive a “young” and “controllable” pitcher in return.

Stubbs is a logical target for the Mariners, as they could use some center field help and another righty bat for their predominantly left-handed lineup. The 29-year-old has enjoyed a fine year with the Rockies, batting 297/.335/.498 with 10 home runs, 27 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 82 games.

It’s worth noting that Stubbs has enjoyed most of his success at Coors Field, with a .999 OPS at home compared to a .620 OPS on the road. He entered this season with a .656 OPS over his previous three seasons, so we might not be seeing a breakout as much as some inflated numbers. Stubbs has struck out in 30 percent of his plate appearances this season and has drawn walks less often than ever before. He’s a fine defender and could be useful on the short-side of a platoon, but it might not be a bad idea for the Rockies to sell high on his nice year.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Teams seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel this month.

  2. chip56 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    That’s smart – target a guy who has performed great at one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league as a guy to help a struggling offense in one of the worst hitting parks in the league.

  3. riverace19 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    ‘Attempting to upgrade’…. Feeble attempt

  4. mmason0071 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    It was cute to see the M’s think they were playoff contenders, but the air is rapidly escaping their balloon. Adding a washed up DH and a mediocre outfielder isn’t going to salvage Jack Z’s one-run-a-game offense. A major losing streak is looming.

  5. fearthehoody - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Perfect! We need another bat with a poor bavg and no power! Looks like a Jack Z kinda player

  6. fearthehoody - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Waaaait a second! Stubbs isn’t a lefty and he does not play 1B! No deal!!!

    – Mariners front office

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