Mariners Trade Rumors: 3 moves to make before August 1
Move #2: Keep Mitch Haniger
In the Mariners mysterious pursuit of Sonny Gray, Mitch Haniger has been a name tossed around that would need to be included to trigger a deal. Ben Gamel is an alternative to Haniger, but if between the two of them, Haniger is the underperforming one, and the M’s would rather swap him than Gamel.
I’m not Jerry Dipoto, but trading Haniger seems like one of the worst moves the Mariners could make. He has underperformed in 2017, and has been especially bad since his return from the DL, but I’ll chalk that up to a lot of rust that comes from not swinging against MLB pitching for two months.
Haniger showed with his start to 2017, that he is the kind of bat you build future teams around, and as much as I’d love to have a pitcher like Gray in the fold for future seasons, I really do not love the thought of him hitting against us 18 times a year. If at all possible, the Mariners need to acquire starting pitching without compromising Haniger’s status with the team.