Where We Go From Here Part 2
The trade dealine snuck right up on us, tantalizing fans with dementia and halucinations of promising additions to a uneventful baseball team. Regardless of the deals that were or weren’t there, or the demands of our General Manager…Blah, blah, blah. Sound familiar? That’s because you read it two days ago.
We’re simply here to revisit the outlook of this team for 2013 and delve into some national league trade options.
Once again this scenario still has the Mariners cutting ties with Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Miguel Olivo, Kevin Millwood, and Chone Figgins. This scenario also lives under the assumption that the Mariners will find options to replace both Justin Smoak and Mike Carp. The Mariners are likely to use the offseason to acquire Major League ready, proven but young, impact bats with 1st base, 3rd base, and one of the corner outfield gaining the most intense focus.
Without further delay, lets take a look at the National League trade options.
- Jair Jurrjens
- Jason Heyward (Availability in question)
- Freddie Freeman
- Martin Prado (Not particularly an impact bat, but a great addition)
- R.A Dickey (Availability in question)
- Jon Niese
- Ike Davis
- Daniel Murphy (Not particularly an impact bat, but a great addition)
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Not particularly an impact bat, but a great addition)
- Jed Lowrie (Availability in question)
- Brett Wallace (Availability in question)
- Kevin Correia
- Pedro Alvarez (Availability in question)
- Travis Snider (Not particularly an impact bat, but a great addition)
- Trevor Cahill
- Aaron Hill
- Paul Goldschidt (Availability in question)
- Stephen Drew
- Justin Upton
- Chris Young (Not particularly an impact bat, but a great addition)
- Tyler Chatwood
- Jeff Francis
- Drew Pomeranz
- Jordan Pacheco (Not particularly an impact bat, but a great addition)
- Carlos Gonzalez (Availability in question)
There are other players that are available, but are you really willing to give up King Felix, because that is the price tag for those kind of players. There is one player I would even consider trading Felix for right now and that is Mike Trout and I can guarantee irrevocably that he and Bryce Harper are the only two untouchable players in the game right now. Be prepared to lose a few pieces in the process of acquiring one of these impact bats. James Paxton, Carter Capps, Phillips Castillo, Vinnie Catricala, and pretty much any prized player outside of Jack’s list of untouchables and Jesus Montero will be up for grabs. I’m really looking forward to the tricks Jack has up his sleeve this winter.