Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

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Jun 23, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) talks in the dugout before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Trader: Watch for Hisashi Iwakuma

Well, this is an absolute bummer, as when I first came on to SoDo Mojo, I thought this would be a ton of fun around trade deadline, as we could all get creative on moves we thought that could possibly put the M’s over the top.

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Instead, we find ourselves as sellers, again. If Hisashi Iwakuma can come back and get healthy, you’ll hear a ton of rumors around the trade deadline. The right-hander is 34 years old, and the M’s have seen this year that they have plenty of capable starters waiting in the wings. He’s in the last year of his contract, and the M’s probably won’t make a hard push to resign him next year anyways. So he is the perfect trade candidate, as almost every year there is a contender (Blue Jays this year maybe?) that needs one more starting pitcher, and Iwakuma fits the bill.

With the M’s looking like sellers more and more with each passing day, you’ll want to keep your eye on Iwakuma. If he can come back and pitch well, his stock will go way up, and the M’s could get a nice hitting prospect from some contender around the trade deadline out of it. It’s too early to speculate on who it might be, but I wouldn’t at all be surprised to find out that Iwakuma’s days as a Mariner are numbered.

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