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Diamondbacks acquire Eugenio Suarez from Mariners

A position of glaring need has been filled, as Mike Hazen pounces early to grab Suarez.

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Well that didn’t take long.

The Diamondbacks make their first real move of the offseason, grabbing Eugenio Suarez from Mariners in return for Carlos Vargas and Seby Zavala. It was first reported by Bob Nightengale.

The acquisition of Suarez solves a couple of holes for Mike Hazen, firstly filling a 3rd base position that was a problem all year long for the team. Outside of an early season surge from Longoria, the team struggled to get any production from the position, ending the 2023 season with a .234/.303/.340 line, good for a 75 wRC+.

Suarez, even in a down year, had a .232/.323/.391 line for a 102 wRC+ and graded out between below average (DRS) to very good (OAA) depending on which advanced fielding metric you prefer. He showed less power than in previous years, with just 22 homers for the season across all 162 games. He also strikes out, like a lot. His K% at 30.8% is easily tops on the team, but walks a fair bit to counteract that a bit.

With only one guaranteed year left on his deal at $11 million, and a club option for $15 million in 2024, the return wasn’t going to be big as seen by Vargas and Zavala. Zavala was claimed off waivers late in the year, seeing time in 7 games but was picked up too late to be added to the postseason roster. He was fighting for a backup spot with Jose Herrera. Carlos Vargas also saw limited time as a D-back in 2023 after he was acquired from the Guardians for Ross Carver last offseason as Hazen tried to build his bullpen with big arms. Like some other options, he looked to be on the outside looking in for 2024.


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