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The Mariners and Rays pull off a six-player trade


The Hot Stove is off and running, as the Mariners and Rays announced a six-player trade this evening.

The Mariners have sent first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller, and right-hander Danny Farquhar to the Rays in exchange for right-hander Nate Karns, left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser, and prospect outfielder Boog Powell.

The deal is the first in the tenure of new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, who was hired at the end of September. Karns is the headliner here after posting a 3.67 ERA and 145/56 K/BB ratio in 147 innings as a rookie this season. He turns 28 later this month, but will remain under team control through 2020. Karns was shut down early in September due to some forearm tightness, but the Mariners obviously aren’t concerned.

Riefenhauser has posted solid numbers in relief in the minors, but he has struggled to the tune of a 6.30 ERA over 24 appearances in the majors. He turns 28 later this month. Powell, no relation to the other Boog Powell, was acquired from the Athletics in the Ben Zobrist trade last winter. He turns 23 in January and batted .295/.385/.392 with three home runs, 40 RBI, and 18 stolen bases between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham this season. He’s likely not far off from the majors.

Miller is the most intriguing part of the deal for the Rays. And frankly, seems like the perfect Tampa Bay Ray. The 26-year-old batted .258/.329/.402 with 11 home runs, 46 RBI, and 13 stolen bases over 144 games this season. The Rays could either play him in the outfield or at shortstop, so he gives them some options.

Morrison slugged 17 home runs this season (his highest total since 2011), but he did so with a career-low .225 batting average and .685 OPS. The 28-year-old made $2.725 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. With James Loney still under contract, Morrison figures to DH in 2016. After posting a 2.66 ERA in 2014, Farquhar struggled with a 5.12 ERA over 43 appearances this season and had a couple of stints in the minors. He’ll be the Rays’ latest reclamation project out of the bullpen.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.