Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto added a potent right-handed hitter who can team with first baseman Daniel Vogelbach or play a corner-outfield spot, acquiring Danny Valencia from the A's on Saturday for Minor League pitcher Paul Blackburn.
"I'm excited about it," Valencia said. "It seems like Oakland is going through a rebuild. Seattle is on the verge of the playoffs, so that's what really caught my attention, to be able to play in the postseason. That's the most important goal, and I'm looking forward to taking part in that."
Valencia, 32, posted a .287/.346/.446 line with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs in 471 at-bats for Oakland last year, including .318/.389/.535 in 129 at-bats against left-handers.