By DAVID BRANDT
Phoenix (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in exchange for catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
The 27-year-old Lewis was a star outfielder during the shortened 2020 season, batting .262 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs. He hasn’t come close to that level of production since, hitting just .143 and three homers last season while spending a big chunk of the year in the minors.
If Lewis can rebound, he could provide some right-handed power in a left-handed heavy D-backs lineup.
Hummel — who is also 27 — just finished his rookie season, spending time in both the outfield and behind the plate. He hit .176 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 176 at-bats while splitting time between the majors and minors.
The D-backs sent Hummel to the Arizona Fall League to work on his catching after he spent much of the previous few seasons concentrating on the outfield.
ESPN first reported the trade.
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