The 2018 Sodo Mojo Off-Season Plan
Trade Erasmo Ramirez and Anthony Jiminez for Zack Granite
It is not easy to say good-bye to Erasmo Ramirez. The man single handily kept the rotation a float between the James Paxton injury and the acquisition of Mike Leake. But now with Jaime Garcia and Jake Odorizzi in the rotation, and a slew of cheaper options in the minors, it is difficult to find a home for Ramirez.
The Mariners could try to transition him into the Chris Devinski role. It is a role the Mariners clearly want, after transitioning Max Povse to the bullpen, and even using Marco Gonzales in a similar role in September, But for a team with a slew of young, MLB ready relievers, it is difficult to justify spending close to $5 million on Ramirez.
The Minnesota Twins are looking for both back-end starters and bullpen arms, so a swing man like Erasmo could hold interest. Zack Granite is like a Jerry Dipoto fever dream. A minor league producer, with a 4th outfielder profile, who is insanely athletic. Minnesota may find it difficult to part ways with the youngster, so the Mariners might need to give more to make it happen.
Granite has a true plus speed tool, and might profile similarly to Jarrod Dyson.