Chris Denorfia will look to help the Mariners anemic outfield. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Will Chris Denorfia become fantasy relevant in Seattle?

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The San Diego Padres have traded outfielder Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen.

The 34 year old Denorfia is hitting .242 with a homer, 16 RBI, and eight steals this season.  Those numbers are not much better than incumbents Endy Chavez and James Jones, but he is expected to at worst platoon with Chavez in right field.

Smith should see more at bats with Chris Denorfia out of the picture. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Those of you that were counting on Jones should drop him immediately in the wake of the Denorfia and Austin Jackson acquisitions.  The few and the proud Endy Chavez owners should likely move on as well.  Manager Lloyd McClendon strongly hinted that Denorfia would be playing nearly every day.

I would recommend picking up Denorfia in deep leagues.  There will be ample at-bats for him in Seattle, at least until Michael Saunders returns sometime later this month.  Even then, if Denorfia does well in the meantime, he could find himself getting regular at bats somewhere.  He is certainly worth a look.

Almonte also could be an intriguing pickup in San Diego.  He broke camp as the Mariners’ starting center fielder, but was optioned back to Tacoma after a lackluster .198 average in April.  He hit .267 in AAA, and could be in line for some time in San Diego’s outfield.  That said, I would wait and see how they mix and match with Almonte, Seth Smith, Will Venable, Alexi Amarista and Jeff Francouer first.  If there is any Padre outfielder I would take a flier on after the trade of Denorfia, it’s Smith.

The other piece in the deal, 25 year old reliever Stephen Kohlscheen, will likely remain at AAA for the near future.  The Padre bullpen has been one of the few bright spots for the team this season.  He could see a call up when the rosters expand on September 1st though.

Stay tuned to FantasyCPR throughout the day as I analyze of of the deadline deals and their fantasy impact!

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