We are entering the trade speculation season. With the Mariners likely as buyers this season as opposed to sellers, Mariners fans should be ready for an onslaught of rumors and other trade speculation. Here is some of the latest:
According to Fox Sports Jon Morosi, the Seattle Mariners are “expected to talk”, with the Chicago White Sox for either Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez and/or Dayan Viciedo. Here is Morosi’s tweet that broke the story:
Mariners would be in playoffs if postseason started today. They're expected to talk with White Sox if Dunn, Ramirez, Viciedo available.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 25, 2014
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com also tweeted that the M’s, who have scouted the South Siders recently, are intrigued by Ramirez and have had targeted Viciedo in the past:
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) June 25, 2014
Also, according to Fox Sports, a rival executive says the Mariners are actively seeking a player to boost their starting rotation. If they are indeed searching there is great starting pitching available in the market approaching the trade deadline. David Price, James Shields and Cliff Lee have all been linked to trade rumors and speculation lately and would all be great additions to the club.
It will be interesting to see if Seattle makes any moves as we approach closer to the July 31st trade deadline. The Mariners are currently 3rd in the American League West with a 42-37 record behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (44-33), and of course the soaring Oakland Athletics (48-30).
If the Mariners can manage to add another reliable starting pitcher to the staff and/or a reliable bat in the lineup it could help them even more in their push for the division title this season.