Mariners Trade Rumors: 3 moves to make before August 1
Move #3: Solidify the Bullpen
The Mariners currently are in a tough place, where they are really struggling to put together solid relief arms night in and night out. Some nights the pen’s work is great and some nights it falls apart. If this team wants to make the postseason, they will go add one more arm to bolster their depth.
When Dipoto got David Phelps, he acknowledged the holes in the ‘pen, but that’s the thing: there are multiple holes. The Mariners could clean that up though with a couple of deals. The man I would love to see the M’s get is the Orioles’ Brad Brach. He has a 2.70 ERA on the year in 43 games. He has a WHIP of 0.95 and has been a solid option in the Baltimore pen.
The Orioles also have Mychal Givens who teams should be salivating over, but their asking price for him would likely be too steep for the Mariners to acquire.
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The Mariners have less than a week to pull a rotation arm and help their bullpen. Dipoto needs to make some moves to improve Seattle’s situation. If he can pull both of these moves well, and keep Haniger in the process, I’ll chalk up his 2017 to really solid.