For the better part of seven seasons, Eugenio Suarez was a staple in the Cincinnati Reds lineup. Suarez was best known for his incredible power along with his charismatic personality. Suarez was traded to the Seattle Mariners prior to the start of the 2022 season.
In his time as a Mariner, Suarez has won over the Seattle fans with the same two characteristics: power and personality. In his first season in Seattle, Suarez put together a slash line of .236/.332/.459. That puts his OPS at nearly .800, his highest mark since 2019.
How is former Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez doing with his new team?
Eugenio Suarez has three home runs on the young season and is hitting .226/.314/.328 with 19 RBIs.
Mariners fans may begin to panic, as it seems that he is off to a bit of a rocky start this season. But the advanced analytics may support him to burst out of that slump at any moment. In fact, his average exit velocity is higher than it has been since 2018, when he made his sole All-Star game appearance.
Cincinnati Reds fans probably have fond memories of broadcaster Jim Day doing interviews with Eugenio Suarez, where the phrases "good vibes" and "sacala!" were used, bringing smile and joy to Reds fans during the broadcast. The third baseman was always having fun at the baseball field.
But there is always two sides to a trade. During the 2014 offseason, the Reds traded away Alfredo Simon to acquire Eugenio Suarez and Jonathan Crawford. After seven seasons in Cincinnati, the Reds would ship off Suarez and Jesse Winker to Seattle.
What did the Reds receive in return from the Mariners after trading Eugenio Suarez?
The Cincinnati Reds received right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley, left-handed prospect Brandon Williamson, and right-handed prospect Connor Phillips.
The most valuable piece acquired by the Reds, thus far, has been Fraley. In just over a season with the Reds, Fraley has totaled 14 home runs and 13 doubles in just 99 games. Williamson has struggled since joining the Reds system, especially this season, where he has a 7.62 ERA in nearly 30 innings.
The last piece of the initial trade was Justin Dunn. He made seven starts for the Reds last season, where he held a 6.10 ERA. Dunn's main issue was the long ball, as he surrendered at least one in every start. The righty still has time to put it together, but he must overcome another hurdle, as he currently resides on the 60-day IL.
Also included in the trade was a player to be named latter who turned out to be Connor Phillips. At age 22, Phillips is currently pitching in Double-A Chattanooga, where he has shown flashes of potential, compiling a 3.67 ERA and 46/13 K/BB ratio in 6 starts (27 innings pitched).