Why the Mariners didn’t trade former Blue Jays OF Teoscar Hernandez

Seattle Mariners' Teoscar Hernandez reacts after hitting a two-run home run against Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Heading into Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays were seen by many as a possible perfect fit to re-acquire Teoscar Hernandez.

There was even a report earlier in the day from Z101 Digital’s Hector Gomez that the Blue Jays had emerged as front-runners to land the slugger.

Turns out Hernandez wasn’t going anywhere, with the Mariners opting to keep the pending free agent.

Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto told reporters there was a “ton of interest” in Hernandez.

“Simply didn’t feel like we got a fair offer in what we think he’s worth,” Dipoto said, per Curtis Crabtree of FOX 13 Seattle. “And we don’t feel like we’ve seen the best of what Teo has to give.”

It seemed to be a bit of a change of strategy by the Mariners, who shipped closer Paul Sewald to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

However, not many big bats moved at the deadline, with Hernandez and Chicago Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger among the rumoured trade candidates staying put.

That didn’t help the Blue Jays, who were looking to bolster an offence that has lacked punch this season.

The Mariners entered play Tuesday 3.5 games behind Toronto for the American League’s final wild-card spot.

The Mariners acquired Hernandez from the Blue Jays in an off-season deal for reliever Erik Swanson and pitching prospect Adam Macko.

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