Look, at the end of the day, we are projecting way to much for these trades to mean much. Prospects will change hands, some will surge, others will fall off. Plus, the Mariners might actually still be competitive in July of 2018.
I have my doubts about that. But one thing I do not have any doubts about is that the Mariners are going to be rebuilding, and probably before Opening Day 2019. When the Mariners sell, keeping your most valuable trade chip is meaningless.
Tough choices are coming for the Mariners, and their fans. Nobody wants to say goodbye to their stars, especially when you have already endured 16 straight seasons of disappointment. It is never easy to admit you need to start over, but that is the case for Seattle.
In conclusion, the Mariners are coming to the cross roads, and instead of picking a direction, the have set up camp at the fork. It is an unsustainable model, and the day of reckoning is coming quickly.