Feb 23, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (right) is congratulated by left fielder Mark Trumbo (left) after scoring during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Why not get them both?
But I ultimately think acquiring both players make the most sense for Seattle. They get a legit leadoff hitter and great defender in center field, along with a right-handed power bat that can play 3/4 of the corner positions as needed.
I don’t believe either can be the big gets, however. With how cheap they would be (both are arbitration eligible and will probably combine for under $10 million), the Mariners should go hard after another outfielder such as Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo, as well as Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka or free agent starters Matt Garza or Scott Feldman.
I think a suitable package for the pair would be SP James Paxton, SP Tyler Pike, and OF Michael Saunders. That might seem a little light, but Paxton was dominant in limited time last year, and Pike has looked great in his first couple of professional seasons.