Sure, it’s just Ryan Langerhans, but in honor of the baseball trading deadline, I thought this deal needed a little coverage.
On Friday, July 29, the 31-year-old Langerhans was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations. He was then sent to the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A farm team, the Reno Aces.
By trading him, the Mariners are losing a once semi-highly-touted prospect. He has not hit over .250 since 2005, and in 52 major league at-bats this season is hitting .173. It is a deal of addition by subtraction.
By acquiring him, the Diamondbacks get some solid minor league depth. He has been in the minors since May 7, and at the time of the deal was hitting .313 with 16 home runs and 37 RBI in 57 games for the Mariners’ Triple-A team, the Tacoma Rainiers. He started his Diamondbacks career off with a bang, hitting a home run and collecting three RBI in his first game with Reno.
Langerhans originally came up in the Atlanta Braves’ system, making brief stops in the major leagues in 2002 and 2003. After making waves with Triple-A Richmond in 2004 (20 home runs, 98 RBI), he became something of a hot commodity, spending all of 2005 and 2006 with the team.
He began 2007 with the Braves, was sent to Oakland in late April of that year and was then traded to the Washington Nationals for Chris Snelling in July. He was traded by the Nationals to the Mariners for Michael Morse in mid-2009 (a deal I’m sure the M’s now regret).
He has never been a poor minor league hitter, with 93 home runs and 452 RBI at that level. He has a .226 career major league batting average.