Well, things going nuts in the one thread so we need a clean one, especially for big news like this.
Teoscar Hernandez has been traded to Seattle for setup man Erik Swanson and pitching prospect Adam Macko.
Swanson is a RHP who had a 222 ERA+ last year, 11.7 K/9 vs 1.7 BB/9 but career is 9.7 K vs 2.0 BB 99 ERA+ (was used as a swingman before) - not a free agent until after the 2025 season.
Macko I suspect was key to this deal too - 21 years old last year in A+, should be in AA at some point in 2023 - a LH starting pitcher with 14.1 K/9 vs 4.7 BB/9 last year but just 38 IP over 8 starts. He needs to be stretched out big time obviously but dang, an arm like that will always make teams drool. He is from Slovakia but went to high school in Alberta. He threw 13 1/3 IP in the fall league but was hit hard (6.08 ERA, just over a K per inning) but that was just to get him innings I suspect.
I suspect this was a deal done for a few reasons, cash not the least of it, but control too (Teoscar is a free agent after 2023 and is getting over $10 mil in arbitration). I suspect this is domino #1 to fall, with more coming soon. A LH CF perhaps?