Already out of postseason contention, the Marlins flipped outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Mariners prior to Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
The return package headed to Miami was light considering that Maybin is just a rental.
Aside from $250,000 in international bonus pool money, the club acquired Bryson Brigman. His inclusion in a midseason trade is not all that surprising. In June, Bob Dutton wrote for Baseball America that the combination of his performance and lack of opportunity behind an established group of veteran infielders “creates a scenario where Brigman could make an attractive trade chip.”
The Mariners have a depleted farm system, but Brigman would’ve stood out in any setting with his strong 2018 results: .304/.373/.391 through 98 games with High-A Modesto. He will report to Jupiter shortly and compete at the same level in his new organization.
The Brigman interview below, published Wednesday morning, was conducted last month and includes great insight into his personality and approach to the game. Fish Stripes will try to speak to him ourselves later this season, but in the meantime, highly recommend this work by Matthew Roberson.