As free agents continue to find homes during Spring Training, the Mariners have remained eerily quiet. Today, we discuss a few possibilities of late Spring Training trade targets.
Mariners fans should be somewhat familiar with these type of deals. 2 of the most notable types of these trades came fairly recently. First, when Jack Zduriencik traded Erasmo Ramirez in late March 2015 to the Rays for Mike Montgomery.
The other, and probably best example, came from March in 2016, when Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto traded cash to the Padres for Nick Vincent. These types of deals happen every year, and there are typically come under 2 circumstances.
First, an injury late in Spring Training forces a team to go out and find a suitable replacement for a short time. However, with the number of quality free agent’s still available for anybody to sign, we could see less of these types of trades.
Second, teams trading a player with no minor league options remaining who doesn’t make the team and who will not slide through waivers. These are the most common types of March trades, and it is possible we will see a few of these this Spring Training.
As the Mariners roster sits now, they already need help in the rotation, and could probably use a veteran outfielder to boot. They have been quiet recently. However, Dipoto has always been aggressive. Could he make yet another trade?
Finding these the players who check one of the boxes above is not easy. All teams look for these opportunities. The likelihood of making this type of trade is slim… at least for now.
Let us begin our search for said players, in the place where the Mariners need the most help.