SodoMojo’s Top-10 Most-Viewed Mariners Stories of 2014

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Sep 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder

Marlon Byrd

(3) and second baseman

Chase Utley

(26) collide as Byrd is charged with an error against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Phillies, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

3: Fantasy Baseball: Seattle Mariners Trade Rumor Projections:

As the trade deadline approached in 2014, Sodo Mojo explored the fantasy impact of a number of potential trade deadline deals.

Staff writer Russell Hartness looked at the potential impact of a trade for Phillies OF Marlon Byrd (who was traded this offseason to the Cincinnati Reds), arguing an addition of the slugger would improve the Mariners lineup immediately. In his fantasy predictions, Russell projected a .270 BA, 13 HR, 45 RBI, 40 RUNS, 1 SB line for Byrd if he were traded to the M’s.

He then looked at a trade for DH Billy Butler (who is now an Athletic). Russell expected a bounce back second half for the left-handed slugger, with a .290 BA, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 45 RUNS, 1 SB line. The Mariners, instead of trading for Butler, elected to trade the Twins for switch-hitting DH Kendrys Morales. And that worked out oh so well.

Finally, Russell looked at the fantasy impact of trading for Rays ace David Price. The M’s were part of a deal that included Price, though he was going to the Tigers in a three-team deal that sent CF Austin Jackson to the Mariners. Russell predicted a 15 GS, 12 W, 130 K, 2.80 ERA and 1.00 WHIP line for Price had he come to the Mariners.

At number 2 of our top-10 stories is a swift and thorough criticism of a potential offseason deal for the Mariners: