Los Angeles Dodgers Shopping Outfielders Is Good News for the Mariners
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Of the three Dodgers outfielders on the trade block, I think Crawford has the lowest potential ceiling with the Mariners. Trading for Crawford would come with its fair share of obstacles, as he is a left fielder and Dustin Ackley is currently entrenched by Edgar’s Cantina for the Seattle Mariners.
But for the sake of the post, we will explore the options nonetheless. Let me preface this proposal by saying I think the Mariners should have a DH by committee approach next season. I generally dislike the full-time DH approach, as it’s a versatile spot in the lineup that can be platooned and utilized to give older players– like a Crawford– needed rest for their aging bones and muscles.
That being said, I think trading Danny Farquhar and Chris Taylor could get the deal done for Crawford, depending on how much of the salary the Dodgers want to eat. A third prospect might need to be included to get his yearly cost down to $14-17 million a season.
The Mariners would need to play Crawford 2-3 days-per-week at both DH and left field. But his age, his fragility in recent seasons, and slowly diminishing power numbers make him a less-than-ideal fit for the Mariners.
I say stay away from Crawford, but trading for him wouldn’t be the worst decision the Mariners have made in the last couple of seasons.