Alternate Universe: The Mariners blow it up for 2018 Part 1
Mariners trade Kyle Seager to the Braves for Sean Newcomb, Touki Toussaint, and Bryse Wilson
The Atlanta Braves have a plethora of pitchers, particularly the young and controllable types that Jerry Dipoto covets. They also have money to spend and a hole at third base that has no obvious solution. Enter Kyle Seager. Seager, who is still in his prime with 4 years left of control at less than $20 million AAV. Not to mention a 5th year option at a very reasonable $15 million.
This is all to say that Kyle Seager has tremendous trade value. Considering the dearth of options in free agency, now might be the best time to deal Seager.
For the efforts, the Mariners could ask for any number of young arms, including big leaguers Mike Foltynewicz or Sean Newcomb. Both pitchers have tremendous upside to miss bats, but need to greatly improve their command if they want to reach their potential.
If the Mariners wish to go the prospect route, they could likely choose between Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka and Ian Anderson. Anderson has the highest upside of the trio, but is also the furthest away. Both Allard and Soroka are in AA and could be big league ready by the middle of the 2018 season.
Dipoto has a good working relationship with the Atlanta Braves, as evidence by the two deals the teams swung last off-season.