Butler’s name has been mentioned by many as a player of interest for the Mariners. His 7-year average is .298/19/90. Who wouldn’t like that from their DH?
Is Butler worth both Franklin AND Paxton? Truth is, we don’t know exactly what kind of pitcher Paxton will be. He impressed in his short stint at the end of 2013, but that may not be what we get long term.
Trade Proposal No. 2: Seattle trades LHP James Paxton to Colorado for CF Dexter Fowler
We talked about this during the GM meetings last month. I personally would be more willing to give up Paxton for Fowler than both Paxton and Franklin for Butler.
But both of these trades may be a moot point after reading a tweet from Bob Dutton, the new Mariners beat writer for the Tacoma News Tribune:
— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) December 1, 2013
So it appears that the Mariners are not looking to move either Paxton or Taijuan Walker after all.