Mariners Acquire Second Baseman Jorge Polanco in Blockbuster Trade with Twins

Seattle, Washington – The Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins have made a significant trade this offseason. In a deal announced by the Mariners, they have acquired second baseman Jorge Polanco from the Twins in exchange for four players: reliever Justin Topa, starter Anthony DeSclafani, and prospects Gabriel Gonzalez and Darren Bowen. The Mariners will also include cash considerations, covering a portion of DeSclafani’s salary.

This trade comes as no surprise, as the Mariners were in need of a reliable second baseman after a lackluster performance from their previous options. Kolten Wong, who started on Opening Day, was released mid-season, and while they acquired Josh Rojas in a deadline deal, the second base position remained a weakness. Additionally, a trade that sent third baseman Eugenio Suárez to the Arizona Diamondbacks further thinned the Mariners’ infield. Acquiring Jorge Polanco, a top offensive middle infielder, addresses this need.

Polanco, a switch-hitter, has consistently posted above-average numbers at the plate over the past five seasons. Despite dealing with knee and hamstring issues last season, he still managed to hit 14 home runs in 80 games. The Twins exercised a $10.5 million option on Polanco’s contract, making him a quality regular at a below-market price. However, with the Twins having a surplus of infield talent, it was expected that Polanco would be on the move this offseason.

The Mariners plan to use Polanco as their primary second baseman, while Rojas and Luis Urías will likely split time at third base. Polanco’s arrival strengthens the Mariners’ infield and provides stability in the middle of their lineup. The Mariners will shoulder his $10.5 million salary for this year and hold a $12 million option for 2025, reflecting their confidence in his performance.

In return for Polanco, the Twins gain pitching depth and a promising prospect. Justin Topa, a key member of the Mariners’ bullpen, brings valuable experience and a strong sinker to the Twins’ pitching staff. Anthony DeSclafani, who recently joined the Mariners in a trade with the San Francisco Giants, provides another option for the Twins’ starting rotation.

The Twins also receive Gabriel Gonzalez, a highly regarded outfield prospect ranked fifth in the Mariners’ system, according to Baseball America. Although Gonzalez is not expected to contribute at the MLB level for some time, his natural bat-to-ball skills make him an exciting prospect for the Twins. Additionally, the Twins acquire Darren Bowen, a 13th-round draft pick from 2022, who has shown promise with his velocity and breaking pitch.

By making this trade, the Mariners take on Polanco’s contract and push their payroll commitments to around $135 million. Meanwhile, the Twins’ payroll estimate drops to approximately $119 million, giving them some flexibility to make further roster moves.

Overall, this trade addresses the needs of both teams, providing the Mariners with a reliable second baseman and giving the Twins pitching depth and a promising prospect. The impact of this trade will be seen in the upcoming season as both teams look to compete in their respective divisions.