The Mariners sent minor league infielder Bryson Brigman and international slot money to the Marlins in exchange for Maybin.
With Guillermo Heredia struggling at the plate and the Mariners wanting to keep Dee Gordon at second base for the rest of the season, sources said that they have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league infielder Bryson Brigman and international slot money a few hours before the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. Brigman was rated the Mariners’ No. 19 prospect by MLB Pipeline. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Dan Altavilla was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
“We’re glad to have him,” Servais said. “He’s got a lot of experience. He went to the World Series last year with the Astros when they picked up him late. We’ve certainly seen him throughout the years and how he’s evolved as a player. I think it’s a good fit for us.”
Maybin is hitting .251 with a .339 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, a triple, three homers and 20 RBI in 99 games for Miami. He’s a plus defender in the outfield and can play all three positions. Since June 1, Maybin is hitting .263 with a .358 OBP, three doubles, three homers, and 11 RBI in 47 games (26 starts).
“He’s a pretty good defender and he’s been hot of late at the plate,” Servais said.
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While not being a game-changing hitter or much of a power threat any longer, Maybin an offensive upgrade over Heredia, who is hitting .180 with a .230 on-base percentage since June 1. The Mariners can also still use Mitch Haniger in center field on occasion with Denard Span and Ben Gamel in the corners. Seattle has upgraded the roster spot without losing anything defensively.
“We’ll look at matchups like we’ve done in the past, but he’ll play a lot in center field,” Servais said of Maybin’s role. “The reason you go out and get players is to let them make an impact on a ballclub so he’ll get very opportunity to be out there.”
Heredia will likely be optioned to Class AAA Tacoma, but return in September when roster expands.
Brigman, 23, hit .304 (116 for 381) with 13 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 38 RBI, 37 walks and 15 stolen bases in 98 games with High-A Modesto. He was a third-round pick in the 2016 draft out of the University of San Diego.
Maybin’s career numbers