May 20, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Brad Miller (5) turns a double play on Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (51) in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Seattle beat Texas 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets Still Looking For Shortstop, Mariners Not Talking, Yet

We’ve been hearing it for months. The Mariners are going to trade Nick Franklin, the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are the most likely destinations. Yet, here we are sitting on May 21 and nothing has come of it.

Perhaps the tide may be turning?

With the Boston Red Sox re-signing Stephen Drew the other day, it all but eliminates the available options for a team like the Mets to just go out and sign a shortstop, at least for this season.

The Seattle Mariners are stocked full of sub-par to average talent at the shortstop position. Between Franklin, Brad Miller and Chris Taylor, there has to be something the Mariners can do to pull off a deal…..right?

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the two sides aren’t even talking, despite interest by the Mets in either Franklin or Miller.

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But who to let go of? If you ask most Mariners fans, right now it would be Brad Miller. Problem is, with him batting below his playing weight, he has all but eliminated his trade value. Meaning, the Mariners would have to give up significant talent in the form of other pieces to acquire something good in return.

But there lies another question: Is it possible that the Mariners and Mets haven’t made a deal because the Mariners don’t want anyone the Mets have?

Let’s assume for a moment that RHP’s Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero are on the untouchable list. The Mariners aren’t gonna get Curtis Granderson or David Wright. They don’t need Lucas Duda. So who is there?

How about a third team? Someone like the aforementioned Rays?

The further down the AL East standings the Rays fall, the more likely they will be looking to unload David Price by the July 31st deadline. They will be looking to acquire minor league talent that can be ready in a year, two at the most.

So let me propose the following.

Tampa Bay Rays get: RHP Brandon Maurer (SEA), C Kevin Plawecki (AA-NYM), SS Gavin Cecchini (A-NYM)

New York Mets get: SS Brad Miller (SEA), RHP Brad Boxberger (TB), LHP Blake Snell (A-TB)

Seattle Mariners get: David Price (TB), RHP Jeurys Familia (NYM).

After that, the Mariners can go re-sign Kendrys Morales like most people believe is going to happen anyways, and the Mariners would have their power bat they need and a 1-2-3 rotation of Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Price.

Hard to argue with that Murderer’s Row.

I don’t know if anything like this will get done or not. All I know is that when a team gets desperate, creative things happen. The Mets are bordering desperation in their search for a decent shortstop. Something like this just might work.

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  • maqman

    Don’t see it happening. Besides I don’t value Price as highly as some. He had a good game against us but that was the best game of the year for him. He’s got a lot of miles on him and is very expensive on a cost/return basis, plus he’s unlikely to want to resign with the M’s and his contract would have a high albatross probability. I prefer Paxton to him for both results and cost.

  • Jeff

    Most people believe the M’s are gonna re-sign Kendrys? They might after the draft when Morales realizes the M’s can pay him more than any other team would be willing to.. but I don’t think “most” are thinking the Mariners would re-sign him vs 29 other teams. He may want to go somewhere else to save face if the M’s offer is substantially less than a pro-rated QO.

  • djeli173

    You’re an idiot, the last thing we need is more pitching. The only thing that made sense in your scenario is signing Morales and retaining Franklin. It makes no sense to mask the valueless Miller in a convoluted 3 way trade to not gain anything of benefit to our situation. Regardless, we may just have to release him or hope he develops consistency over time in the farm rather than fake trade value that doesn’t exist.

    • Dan Hughes

      Idiot? Wow. Thanks for making a compelling argument without name calling….oh wait. You didn’t do either.

  • misterbill

    The Mets won’t give up Granderson? I’ll bet they would right now if they didn’t have to eat any of the contract!

  • Christopher Scharaldi

    Are you stupid or just a SEA homer? Tampa Bay is not going to give up a CY Young pitcher in David Price, an up and coming RHRP in Boxberger and a young talented lefty for 2 underwhelming mets prospects and a box of rocks starting pitcher prospect from Seattle that is downright awful. I get it thus is a Seattle blog but come on and be realistic guy?