Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second basemanBrad Miller
(6, left), shortstopNick Franklin
(20), first basemanJustin Smoak
(17) and third basemanKyle Seager
(15) talk during an eighth inning pitching change against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
This offseason, speculation regarding which free agents the Seattle Mariners could potentially sign dominates most discussions, but fans shouldn’t forget that GM Jack Zduriencik has a soft spot for pulling the trigger on trades (for better or worse).
Trades have taken place in every offseason since Jack Z took the helm, and it’s likely that the trend could continue.
If the M’s aim to be competitive in 2014 they need another outfielder, a first baseman, a starter to shore up the rotation, and possibly another reliever; a trade could be used to satisfy any of these needs.
Out of the players currently under contract only Felix Hernandez is truly safe. Beyond the King, every other player is expendable, though it’s highly unlikely the M’s would part with the likes of Kyle Seager or Mike Zunino.
If Jack Z does consider entering trade talks this winter, the M’s do have a few players who could be used as trade bait, though returns might be negligible.