Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce, right-handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak, right-handed pitcher Gerson Bautista, center fielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn from the New York Mets in exchange for infielder Robinson Canó, right-handed pitcher Edwin Díaz and cash considerations.
"This trade bolsters our player development system with the additions of Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn, while also providing immediate impact to our Major League club in Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista," Dipoto said. "We view Kelenic as a true 5-tool player with a very high ceiling. Dunn is another former 1st round draft pick, who we think has a bright future on our pitching staff. Bruce and Swarzak both bring proven production in the field and a veteran presence in our clubhouse. Bautista has demonstrated an impressive high-velocity pitch mix."
Bruce, 31, appeared in 94 games with the Mets in 2018, batting .223 (71x319) with 31 runs, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs and 37 RBI. In a season shortened by a 2-month stint on the disabled list with a sore right hip, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound outfielder posted a career-best 11.4 percent walk rate (41 BB, 361 PA).
Bruce - a 3-time All-Star (2011-12, '16) and a 2-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2012-13) - is 1 of 9 players with at least 9 seasons of 20-plus homers since 2008. He is joined by Nelson Cruz (10), Edwin Encarnacion (9), Curtis Granderson (9), Evan Longoria (9), Brian McCann (9), David Ortiz (9), Albert Pujols (9) and Giancarlo Stanton (9).
The native of Beaumont, TX, has appeared in parts of 11 Major League seasons with Cincinnati (2008-16) New York-NL (2016-17, '18) and Cleveland (2017), combining to bat .247 (1365x5524) with 782 runs, 290 doubles, 286 home runs, 875 RBI, 569 walks, a .318 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging mark (.784 OPS) in 1,510 career games.
Swarzak, 33, made 29 relief appearances with the Mets in 2018, going 0-2 with a 6.15 ERA (18 ER, 26.1 IP) with 31 strikeouts and 14 walks. He averaged 10.59 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings (31 K, 26.1 IP). The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander had 2 stints on the disabled list last season: April 2 (retro to 4/1)-June 4 with a strained left oblique and Aug. 5 (retro to 8/4)-Sept. 8 with right shoulder inflammation.
Swarzak split the 2017 season between the White Sox and Brewers, combining for a record of 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA (20 ER, 77.1 IP) with 91 strikeouts and 22 walks. His 91 strikeouts were 15th-most among Major League relievers in 2017. He averaged 10.59 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings (91 K, 77.1 IP) while posting a 1.03 WHIP (58 H, 22 BB, 77.1 IP).
In parts of 9 Major League seasons with the Twins (2009, 2011-14), Indians (2015), Yankees (2016), White Sox (2017), Brewers (2017) and Mets (2018), Swarzak has compiled a career record of 23-32 with a 4.30 ERA (281 ER, 587.2 IP) with 433 strikeouts and 174 walks in 316 appearances (32 starts). The native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was originally selected by Minnesota in the 2nd round (61st overall) out of Nova High School (Davie, FL).
Bautista, 23, appeared in 3 stints with the Mets in 2018: April 17-21, May 28-June 2 and June 26-29. He was recalled from Double-A Binghamton on April 17 and made his Major League debut that night vs. Washington. Overall, he appeared in 5 games out of the bullpen with the Mets last season, allowing 6 runs in 4.1 innings of work (12.46 ERA), while striking out 3 and walking 5. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander spent most of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he went 3-1 with a 5.22 ERA (23 ER, 39.2 IP) with 54 strikeouts and 18 walks in 31 games. He also made 6 appearances with Binghamton, going 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA (5 ER, 9.1 IP) with 15 strikeouts and 0 walks.
The native of San Juan, Dominican Republic, was acquired by the Mets along with Jamie Callahan (rhp) and Stephen Nogosek (rhp) from the Red Sox in exchange for Addison Reed (rhp) on July 31, 2017. Bautista entered the 2017 season ranked as having the best fastball among Red Sox minor leaguers, according to Baseball America. In parts of 5 minor league seasons with the Red Sox (2014-16) and Mets (2017-18), Bautista has compiled a career record of 13-12 with a 3.12 ERA (89 ER, 257.0 IP) with 251 strikeouts and 110 walks in 122 games (23 starts). He was originally signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent on April 1, 2013.
Kelenic, 19, was ranked as the Mets No. 3 prospect by MLB.com and as the club's No. 4 prospect by Baseball America. He made his pro debut in 2018 after being selected 6th overall by the Mets in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound outfielder began his professional career with the Rookie GCL Mets, where he hit .413 (19x46) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home runs, 9 RBI, 4 walks, 4 stolen bases, a .451 on-base percentage and a .609 slugging mark (1.060 OPS) in 12 games. After being promoted to Rookie Kingsport, he hit .253 (44x174) with 33 runs, 8 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, 33 RBI, 22 walks, 11 steals, a .350 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging mark (.781 OPS) in 44 games.
The native of Waukesha, WI, was the 1st high school player taken in the 2018 MLB Draft. Prior to his senior year, he was named 1st-team Preseason All-America by Perfectgame.org and ranked 10th on MLB.com list of top 2018 draft prospects. He participated in both the Perfect Game All-America Classic and the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game in 2017. Kelenic played for Team USA 18U in 2016 and 2017, including when he was named MVP after leading Team USA to a gold medal in the 2016 Pan American Games. Kelenic elected not to play baseball at Waukesha West High School, and instead played for the Rawlings Hitters in the summer and the Chicago Scouts in the fall.
Dunn, 23, was ranked as the Mets No. 4 prospect by MLB.com and as the club's No. 5 prospect by Baseball America. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander split the 2018 season between High-A St. Lucie and AA Binghamton, combining for a record of 8-8 with a 3.59 ERA (54 ER, 135.1 IP) with 156 strikeouts and 52 walks in 24 starts. Dunn, a 1st round (19th overall) pick by the Mets in 2016, averaged 10.37 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings (156 K, 135.1 IP) last season while limiting opponents to 0.59 home-runs-per-9.0-innings (9 HR, 135.1 IP).
In 3 minor leagues seasons in the Mets organization (2016-18), Dunn has compiled a record of 14-15 with a 3.87 ERA (112 ER, 260.2 IP) with 266 strikeouts and 110 walks in 55 games (48 starts). The native of Freeport, NY, was originally selected by Los Angeles-NL in the 37th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. After 3 seasons at Boston College, he was selected and signed by the Mets with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Canó, 36, hit .303 (94x310) with 44 runs, 22 doubles, 10 home runs and 50 RBI with the Mariners in 2018. He appeared in only 80 games last season - a career-low - after missing 80 games while on the MLB Restricted List for violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
In 14 seasons with the Yankees (2005-13) and Mariners (2014-18), Canó is a career .304 (2470x8112) hitter with 1,188 runs, 534 doubles, 311 home runs and 1,233 RBI in 2,078 games.
Díaz, 24, went 0-4 with 57 saves and a 1.96 ERA (16 ER, 73.1 IP) in 73 relief appearances with the Mariners in 2018. He led the Major Leagues with 57 saves, which also tied for 2nd-most saves in single-season Major League history. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound right-hander struck out 124 while walking 17 last season. On Aug. 25 at Arizona, he recorded his 50th save of the season, becoming the 14th pitcher in Major League history (done 17x) to reach that milestone.
In parts of 3 Major League seasons with the Mariners, the native of Naguabo, Puerto Rico compiled a record of 4-14 with 109 saves and a 2.64 ERA (56 ER, 191.0 IP) with 301 strikeouts and 64 walks in 188 relief appearances. Díaz made his Major League debut with the Mariners on June 6, 2016 vs. Cleveland. He was originally selected by the Mariners in 3rd round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.