Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, and the Seattle Mariners

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In the last few days, all of the qualifying offers in baseball were declined and the MLB Winter Meetings got underway. For Mariners fans, both of these are things to be excited about. Hopefully the ball will get rolling on the off-season and we can get amped up for spring.

Two names that continue to make appearances in Mariners rumors are Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo. Given that both Ellsbury and Choo have each declined their qualifying offers, all MLB teams are free to pursue them.

I’ve noted before that Ellsbury is a big impact player, and I would definitely be excited should be make his way to Seattle. On the other hand, would bringing in Choo or Ellsbury to fill out the outfield really have that much of an impact? Obviously one player isn’t going to steer the ship away from another 90+ loss season. Choo and Ellsbury are good, but they aren’t that good.

If the Mariners manage to land one of these two guys, what changes would we see?

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  • Spokanedad

    They will never sign Ellsbury. Too much money.

    • johnrhee

      That’s why Matt Joyce might be a backup option to acquire via trade w/ David Price.

  • johnrhee

    Matt Joyce would be another option if the Seattle Mariners can package pitchers James Paxton & Danny Hultzen, Justin Smoak, catcher John Hicks, and a player to be named or international slots to the Tampa Bay Rays for Matt Joyce & pitcher David Price. Paxton and/or Hultzen can be ready to jump into the middle of the Rays starting rotation. Smoak could easily replace Loney at first base. Hicks is the future catcher the Rays can replace if Gimenez or Lobaton becomes a free agent after 2014 or 2015 season. David Price as a number two starting pitcher w/ the ace King Felix Hernandez, Iwakuma the third starting pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez as number four starting pitcher via free agency, and Erasmo Ramirez to round out the starting pitching rotation.

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