So Where Are We Now?
Wow, was that a whirlwind. So many names. So many possibilities. And so much BS. So now that we have reached the end of our silly little game, where do things stand? Our final trade looks something like this:
As you can see, despite our best efforts, there are still so many holes in this deal. That was bound to happen when considering how ridiculous the premise is. Somehow, the Mariners give up 7 players, while Tampa gives up just Snell.
But at the end of this mess, every team does walk away with something. Tampa gets 2 young, controllable MLB pieces. They also get a solid AA pitcher, as well as 2 of the best bats in the Mariners system in Rodrigue and Brigman.
Detroit walks away with the prospect in the entire trade. They also shed roughly $30 million dollars, get to see what Vogelbach can really do in the big leagues, and add a decent OF prospect and a solid pitcher in the process.
Finally, Seattle gets one of the best young starters in the game, a real centerfielder, and a former #2 type of pitcher, throwing like a #4 in 2018, at about $12 million a year. In the end, Seattle’s system took a huge hit. That is saying something considering how bad it is.
At the end of the day, the Blake Snell to the Mariners thing is fun to think about, but just not a realistic one. There are too many obstacles to get it done, particularly in the middle of the season. I expect Dipoto to add a young, controllable starter at the deadline. Matthew Boyd is a real possibility. But Snell calling Seattle home anytime soon just isn’t.