Mariners deal Jarred Kelenic, others to Braves

Braves' Acquisition: The Atlanta Braves made a significant move, acquiring outfielder Jarred Kelenic, left-hander Marco Gonzales, and first baseman Evan White from the Seattle Mariners.

Winter Meetings Kick-off: The trade was a highlight at the winter meetings, with the Mariners initiating a money-saving deal that brought the Braves a promising outfielder.

Financial Impact: The Mariners' trade, their second shedding of veterans, will save them substantial future money, with White and Gonzales owed a combined $29 million.

Kelenic's Profile: The Braves were willing to take on the financial commitment for 24-year-old Jarred Kelenic, a high-upside outfielder known for his power but challenged by contact issues.

Struggles and Highlights: Kelenic showcased his potential with a 482-foot home run but struggled with consistency, striking out 132 times in the 2023 season.

Mariners' Pitcher Gonzales: Marco Gonzales, 31, comes with a recent surgery for a nerve issue. 

First Baseman White: Evan White, signed to a six-year, $24 million contract in 2020, faced challenges, losing his first base job. 

Mariners' Payroll Strategy: The Mariners' payroll takes a significant dip after losing Gonzales, White, and Suarez, providing financial flexibility for future moves, now around $110 million.

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