Mariners & Yankees




Mariners & Yankees

February 26, 2021


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Andujar 26 Majors 3B DH Medium 4.0 4.3 1.4 2.9 1.9 2.9 3.9
Sanchez 28 Majors C Medium 2.0 11.2 6.4 4.8 2.9 3.9 4.8


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Murphy 30 Majors C High 3.0 10.5 4.2 6.3 5 6.3 7.6
  1. Kurt Eger

    What’s not to love about this deal.

    Murphy goes home to New York.

    The Yankees go from $6M cap space in 2021 to $12M, as they get to dump $6M in salary expectations.

    As of 2019, Murphy was better than Sanchez in all departments except arm strength, but that didn’t prevent him (Murphy) from throwing out 39% in 2019 as opposed to 23% and 27% by Scary Gary.

    Sanchez gets a change of scenery and gets to join a younger club where he can be a leader and can get regular playing time at DH when Torrens is starting and eventually can be flipped once Raleigh and Torrens prove capable of handling all the catching duties for the Mariners.

    Andujar can show off his ability to cover an OF corner, take an occasional half-day at DH, and stand in for White or Seager if offensive struggles for White force him to AAA for a little bit of seasoning or Seager becomes injured or gets traded by the deadline.

    With 4 years of control and being only 26 years old, Andujar could either become a great trade chip or key cog in the Mariners future. It never hurts trading for depth when the two players come with 30 HR upside and nowhere to play on their current team.

    The Yankees won’t miss these two, but will likely be more than excited to add Murphy and save a ton in the process. It is worth noting that Murphy is probably in line for no more than $5M next year, even if he is the best catcher in the majors, while Sanchez could be staring down $10M+ in his final year of arbitration because of his career-to-date and his higher arb. salary floor.

    For those who don’t like this trade, the Mariners have room for guys to get MLB at bats in hopes of bouncing back. The Yankees are trading a guy with no chance of making the roster (Andujar) and a offensive first (and some say only) profile at catcher for a guy who less than two years ago was the best catcher in baseball in WAR per game and who makes less than $1M a season. Truthfully, Murphy should be worth 20-30 on this site, not a mere 6.3, which means if you feel Andujar and Sanchez are being unfairly represented here, the slight is much worse for Tom Murphy.

  2. Kurt Eger

    On further review Mitch Garver does not get enough love either, but his value is almost all bat, like a slightly less defensively incompetent Sanchez, but with much more offensive skills. If looking at a full season of production Garver and Murphy would have been worth around 6.5 WAR in 2019, beating out Realmuto by 0.1 to 0.2 WAR. Murphy finished 5th in MLB for catcher WAR despite playing in only 76 games. Imagine a full season! By the way, he was also the 4th best defensive catcher in baseball behind Hedges, Flowers, and Realmuto…

    Hedges 40 runs saved per 162 games (equally as bad hitting as he is good offensively, so he’s a backup quality catcher at best)
    Flowers 37 runs saved per 162 games (almost as bad offensively as Hedges, but Flowers has better power which masks his piñata like contact skills)
    Realmuto 30 runs saved per 162 games (the best catcher in baseball currently due to offense, defense, durability, and athletic prowess)

    Murphy 28 runs saved per 162 games (technically per game he outperformed Realmuto in overall value, while being comparable defensively, he was almost twice as valuable offensively in 2019, while also being a plus base runner).

    So would you trade Andujar and Sanchez for Realmuto on a $5M/2 year deal? Well, then as a Yankee fan you would like this deal. More importantly Andujar isn’t going to get a chance to bounce back in a Yankees uniform unless there are major injuries and that means you would be hoping on the Yankees getting worse, so you can essentially get more trade value for a guy who barely fits on their 40-man roster. Same thing with Sanchez, would you really rather win 2-3 less games in hopes that he finds his A game in time to be a free agent after 2022? The Yankees are always a competitor for a championship because they trade talent and uncertainty for the best option at a position of weakness.

    If you would trade 2 years of Murphy for a decent catcher with plus power and a chance to add 4 years of control for a player who once was a ROY candidate? As a Mariners fan you should like this deal as depth outside of the OF is crucial to the Mariners competing. If the season started today, the backup plan for Seager (3B), White (1B), and France (DH) would be Long, Haggerty, and Marmelejos. This gives the Mariners the chance to move France to a utility player role where he can give Seager, Moore, and Crawford (Moore moves to SS when J.P. needs rest) a day off. Or Andujar can spell White at 1B or cover LF until the young guys come up. Roster flexibility and the reality that Murphy will be in the twilight of his catching career by the time the Mariners are ready to compete for championships. The reason not to trade Murphy for prospects is these guys will take pressure off the young guys coming up by being known performers and the Mariners have the chance to trade off their rebounding seasons and get even better prospects.

    • bobby zane

      Wait how is he worth 20-30 hahaha. Tom Murphy has a great 2019 yeah but in 260 AB and is coming off a broken foot and missed all of 2020. He wasn’t any good for the first 5 run ins in the majors and finally broke out. But at this point he’s a 29 yo catcher that doesn’t have a track record of success and hasn’t played in over a year.

      • Kurt Eger

        He has always been a great defensive catcher and only recently found his swing, but the Mariners also did the same thing with Nola and the Padres gave Trammell, Munoz, and France for him and a couple bullpen arms. Nola had the same amount of success as Murphy prior to the trade.

        • Kurt Eger

          And Sanchez will be 28 and both Andujar and Gary weren’t very scary in 2020. So saving a ton in cap and replacing a DH in catchers gear is a win for the Yankees, especially with Andujar ticketed for AAA. Lets look back in June or July and I bet Murphy has a value in the high teens and the other two will drop because of roster depth in NY.

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