Jun 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) is congratulated by right fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) after he scored during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Baltimore Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Options For The Seattle Mariners Outfield

It’s clear the Seattle Mariners need to improve their offense if they plan on remaining a threat in the playoff race. As I have said before, the team needs to keep its cool while pursuing these players. They have spent years in the cellar with a good farm and fans were constantly told about the future.

Well, they are finally in playoff contention but this is a team I believe can be in contention for years to come. That’s why they need to make sure to hold on to pieces that will be contributors down the road.

The outfield is the biggest issue for the Mariners right now. James Jones has played great and having Michael Saunders back in the lineup is relieving. They need more production out of the other corner outfield though.

My first choice is Alex Rios. As Charlie wrote before, Rios would be a great fit in the lineup. He has a bit of a price tag but if the team can get the right price he is the first player the Mariners should be targeting.

Another player the Mariners should be taking a look at is Ben Zobrist. Zobrist is affordable as he is getting paid $7 million this year with a team option for next year at $7.5 million. While I know the Mariners would want someone with some more power, Zobrist provides tremendous versatility as he plays multiple positions.

Even without the power, his ability to get on base is one that every wants. His numbers are somewhat down this year but Zobrist has a good track record and the Mariners should take a look.

Another affordable option could be Seth Smith. He’s playing with a one year contract at $4.5 million and is the only Padre with respectable numbers. He’s one that would not require any big name prospects in return and could help the team on offense. While I would prefer a right handed bat to help balance out the lineup there’s no reason to rule out lefties who can help.

These players should be their first priority. Improving the outfield is the greatest need right now. Once that is taken care of they can look to other positions.

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  • Casey Swanson

    I would say the biggest need is DH. And my first choice is Kemp, with his intensity and leadership. Looks healty and is back to his old form. And as a Giants fan as well as an M’s I would love to see him out of LA and in Seattle. Seen a lot of him. He has what it takes. His big issue, he wants to be on the filed, injury be damned.

    • jay

      I agree, DH is more of a need than the outfield. Ackley is not producing that well, but Jones and Saunders are doing just fine. Once Smoak is fully healthy that moves Morrison to either DH or left field. Probably a combo of both. We could use a left fielder or a power right fielder, but to sacrifice the farm to get one is a ridiculous idea. We should more likely be looking at a bounce back candidate or a buy low option. Guys like Domonic Brown could be had in a straight trade for Ackley. Zobrist makes sense but he doesnt bring everything. A guy like Gerardo Parra could make sense, especially with his defensive skills. A guy like Chris Carter or Mark Trumbo make much more sense. They are buy low candidates right now and would not cost us a whole lot to bring in. They offer HUGE power potential and both can play a few positions. More likely to fall into the DH position, but can play others in the event Corey Hart comes back healthy.