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

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Jul 7, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (16) celebrates with shortstop Chris Taylor (1) and first baseman Logan Morrison (20) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

 Stock Trader: Shop Austin Jackson

Look, I don’t like admitting it, but if we are being completely honest with each other, more than likely this season is over. gives Seattle an 11% chance to reach the postseason, and I think that is being generous. More importantly for the M’s though, they need to plan accordingly so that whatever does happen right after the All-Star break, they can be ready. That is why I think they should start listening to offers for Austin Jackson.

A-Jax is a good player, and he will provide veteran leadership to a team that is looking for a top of the order bat at the deadline. For the M’s, Jackson should be able to generate some good buzz, and hopefully get them something valuable back if they are indeed in a position to sell. The M’s outfield is also incredibly crowded already, with Dustin Ackley, Franklin Gutierrez, Nelson Cruz, Mark Trumbo, and Seth Smith all able to play. Not to mention the M’s have Stefen Romero and James Jones in Triple-A.

Am I saying that the M’s should trade him tomorrow, absolutely not. But I do feel like it would be in their best interest to listen to offers. So if they do decide to sell, trading Austin Jackson might set them up for a run in the future.

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