No Seattle Mariners fans should be shocked by the following statement, but GM Jerry Dipoto sure does love to trade. And while Dipoto has vowed to cut back on his activity, it is unlikely this front office group will be kept quiet this winter.
The problem with being an active trader is that eventually, you’ll run out of assets to move. The farm system was bad when Dipoto took over in September of 2015, and it is bad today. To his credit, Dipoto has not traded the big prospects he had, aside from Tyler O’Neill. And yet he has executed more than 40 trades in his first 2 seasons at the helm.
What we have not seen from Dipoto is a willingness to go big in free agency, at least in Seattle. Of course, during his tenure in for the Angels, Dipoto went big 3 times in free agency. However; the signings of Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, and C.J. Wilson are often attributed as mandated by Arte Moreno, the owner of the Los Angeles Angels, and not specific Dipoto targets.
While in Seattle, Dipoto has shelled out just 2 multi-year deals in free agency. Both of these contracts went to relievers, and both where just 2 year deals. The simple fact is, until we see him do it, we must assume that Jerry Dipoto will add to this team via trades, not fancy free agent signings.
But who will he trade for? Does he have the assets to make a big time deal? Who is even available? Here are 4 potential trade targets for Jerry Dipoto to consider this winter.