August 6, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Eric Thames (10) doubles in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Mariners 3 - 1. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Where We Go From Here

The trade dealine snuck right up on us, tantalizing fans with dementia and halucinations of promising additions to a uneventful baseball team. Regardless of the deals that were or weren’t there, or the demands of our General Manager, we are were we are, and we walk away from it with the putrid taste of disapointment. The big deal never materialized and while I aplaud the Mariners fornot making a move for the sake of making a move, it still doesn’t fill the void. The trade dealine was dissapointing.

So where does Seattle go from here. Most of the players that have been placed on waivers at this point have made it through or have been claimed. It isn’t likely that we are going to catch on impact bat through the August waiver period. Unfortunately for the impatient, the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to make any moves.

Here is a chart of the teams outlook next season.

Seattle Mariners Option Number 1 Option Number 2 Option Number 3 Option Number 4 Option Number 5
Starting 1 Felix Hernandez N/A N/A N/A N/A
Starting 2 Jason Vargas N/A N/A N/A N/A
Starting 3 Erasmo Ramirez Blake Beavan Danny Hultzen Hector Noesi N/A
Starting 4 Blake Beavan Danny Hultzen Hector Noesi Free Agent/ Trade James Paxton
Starting 5 Danny Hultzen Hector Noesi Free Agent/ Trade James Paxton Andrew Carraway
Catcher John Jaso Jesus Montero Free Agent/ Trade Free Agent/ Trade N/A
1st Base Free Agent/Trade Justin Smoak Mike Carp Dustin Ackley Jesus Montero
2nd Base Dustin Ackley Kyle Seager N/A N/A N/A
Short Stop Brendan Ryan Free Agent/Trade Nick Franklin Carlos Triunfel N/A
3rd Base Kyle Seager Free Agent/Trade Alex Liddi  Vinnie Catricala Nate Tenbrink
Right Field Casper Wells Michael Saunders Eric Thames Carlos Peguero Daren Ford
Center Field Franklin Gutierrez Michael Saunders N/A N/A N/A
Left Field Eric Thames Free Agent/ Trade Daren Ford Carlos Peguero Free Agent/ Trade
Relief Corps Charlie Furbush N/A N/A N/A N/A
Relief Corps Lucas Luetge Mauricio Robles N/A N/A N/A
Relief Corps Shawn Kelley Chance Ruffin N/A N/A N/A
Relief Corps Oliver Perez Forrest Snow N/A N/A N/A
Relief Corps Carter Capps Logan Bawcom N/A N/A N/A
Relief Corps Stephen Pryor N/A N/A N/A N/A
Closer Tom Wilhelmsen Stephen Pryor Carter Capps N/A N/A

This scenario has the Mariners cutting ties with Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Miguel Olivo, and Chone Figgins. This scenario also lives under the assumption that the Mariners will find options to replace both Justin Smoak and Mike Carp. It also has Ryan and Thames on a very short leashes. I believe the Mariners are going to use the offseason to acquire 1-2 impact bats. Major League ready, proven but young, impact bats. 1st base, 3rd base, and one of the corner outfield spots figure to potential upgrade positions as the team moves into the offseason.

Going through potential trade candidates can be a delcate process, and one that it’s extremely difficult to do. So with that in mind, I’ll go team to team and post players that the Mariners may be interested in, players that are acquirable (AL tonight and NL tomorrow).






New York

Tampa Bay




Chicago White Sox






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There are other players that are available, but are you really willing to give up King Felix, because that is the price tag for those kind of players. There is one player I would even consider trading Felix for right now and that is Mike Trout and I can guarantee irrevocably that he and Bryce Harper are the only two untouchable players in the game right now.  Be prepared to lose a few pieces in the process of acquiring one of these impact bats. James Paxton, Carter Capps, Phillips Castillo, Vinnie Catricala, and pretty much any prized player outside of Jack’s list of untouchables and Jesus Montero will be up for grabs. I’m really looking forward to the tricks Jack has up his sleeve this winter.



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