Should the Mariners Buy, Sell or Do Nothing at the Trade Deadline? (Poll)
Jun 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (16) reacts after striking out during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Why Seattle Should Sell
Do I really have to explain this one? The Seattle Mariners are 42-53, and are showing no signs of turning things around. A night after their most emotional win of the season, the M’s laid an egg on Wednesday night in Detroit. Seattle is 11.5 games back in the AL West, and MLB.com currently gives them a 3.3% chance to make the postseason.
This team is not very good. Plain and simple. It would take a miracle to right the ship and make a run at the playoffs. With that in mind, it would be a smart decision to sell off some of the M’s more valuable assets and build for the future.
Impending free agents, Austin Jackson and J.A. Happ could potential net a few interesting prospects. Contenders are always hunting for bullpen depth at the trade deadline. Mark Lowe is having a career year working out of the M’s bullpen, and he could be a very attractive option on deadline day. Seth Smith is having a nice season, and could garner some interest in trades.
It is extremely unlikely Seattle will play much better if there is not a significant shakeup on July 31st. Jack Zduirencik may see selling off pieces as a death wish, but he is almost guaranteed to be axed following the season anyway. Perhaps his only chance is if he reshapes the roster with younger players and the club produces a winning record during the last 60+ games. From a fans perspective, I do not like the idea of a General Manager mortgaging a future he will not be a part of.
Next: The Case for Doing Nothing