Braves Add New Firepower With Mariners Trade

The Atlanta Braves announced a big personnel swap with the Seattle Mariners.

They have acquired left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales, outfielder Jarred Kelenic, infielder Evan White, and cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar and minor-league right-handed pitcher Cole Phillips.

Gonzales made ten starts for the Mariners this year, with a 4-1 record, 5.22 ERA, and 34 strikeouts. He has a 65-49 career record with a 4.14 ERA, 665 strikeouts, and 238 walks across 163 games.

Kelenic is coming off his third major league season where he hit 11 homers, got 49 RBI’s, and stole 13 bases.

White was in two games with the Tacoma Triple-A unit this year. He played 84 games at the major-league level from 2020-21. His batting record was 46 for 279 with 10 home runs, 35 RBIs, and 24 walks. He was the American League Rawlings Gold Glove recipient in 2020.

Grant McAuley, Braves reporter for 929 The Game, posted on X/Twitter Sunday about the trade: “Alex Anthopolulos [Braves General Manager] said the Braves’ trade with Seattle came together today. He believes Jared Kelenic and Vaughn Grissom will provide a left field competition/platoon that fills that need and does not anticipate another move to address it.”

McAuley also pointed out that Gonzales should be ready to go for spring training after undergoing forearm surgery to address a nerve tissue issue.