Mariners trade Taylor Williams to Padres for PTBNL at deadline
The Mariners’ seven-player blockbuster trade with the Padres had an aftershock.
After sending Austin Nola and two relievers to San Diego for four players on Sunday night, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto completed one more deal with Padres GM A.J. Preller, trading right-handed pitcher Taylor Williams for a player to be named later.
Williams, 29, has been the closest thing to a closer for Seattle this season. In 14 games, he has six saves, a 5.93 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 19 strikeouts and seven walks over 13 2/3 innings. He also has a league-high six wild pitches, including two Sunday in an appearance against the Angels.
The player to be named later will be pitcher Matt Brash, according to Dennis Lin, Padres reporter for The Athletic. Brash, a 2019 fourth-round pick out of Niagara University and native of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, allowed just one run in four appearances (4 1/3 innings) for Single-A Fort Wayne last year. The 22-year-old right-hander also thre one scoreless inning in the rookie Arizona League. He had eight strikeouts with no walks and four hits allowed combined between the two levels.
Williams was born in Vancouver and grew up a Mariners fan in Camas, where he starred at in high school before pitching at Mount Hood Community College. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2013 by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Kent State University, and he pitched in 71 games from 2017 through 2019 for Milwaukee. He has a career 5.34 ERA and 1.535 WHIP.
Due to the nature of the shortened 60-game 2020 MLB season, teams can only trade players who are in their pool of 60 players, which consists of their active rosters and players at alternate training sites. Teams have been working around that by making deals involving players to be named later, which appears to be the case with Brash. The Mariners already made one such with their trade sending Taijuan Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays last Friday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It was reported after the trade became official the Mariners would be receiving a prospect from Toronto not in the Blue Jays’ player pool.
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Mariners trade deadline coverage and more
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• M’s trade Walker to Blue Jays for player to be named later or cash
• M’s trade Daniel Vogelbach to Blue Jays for cash considerations