Mariners trade Kyle Lewis to Diamondbacks

A cornerstone component for the Mariners' reconstruction toward long-term success,

Kyle Lewis symbolised everything the team could be during an all-too-short period of baseball in 2020, or nearly two months of MLB games.

Lewis' potential, however, was just never able to reach its full potential due to the irreparable damage to his right knee.

The Mariners realised it was time to move on after a trying 2022 season marred by additional health difficulties and poor performance.

The Mariners found a solution to their predicament on Thursday by dealing the former American League Rookie of the Year to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel. 

The deadline to tender contracts for the 2023 season was approaching, and there were concerns about whether Lewis,

who had exhausted his minor league options, would make the opening-day roster out of spring training.

In 66 games for the Diamondbacks in 2022, Hummel, then 27 years old, batted.176/.274/.307 with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs, 17 RBI, and four stolen bases.

The native of Portland played catcher (18 games), left field (21 games), right field (two games), and designated hitter (16 games) in addition to playing left and right field.

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