As the clock strikes 12:00 AM on the east coast tonight, all 30 MLB teams will no longer be able to make trades for players with postseason eligibility. The Mariners, now four-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot entering the final month of the season, will be busy over these next handful of hours to add talent to make a final push.
Jerry Dipoto has never been one to settle, which makes his relatively silent month of August rather odd. Yesterday, Dipoto made his first deal of the waiver trade period, acquiring 32-year-old utility player Kristopher Negron from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This was not the splashy move Mariners fans have been holding out for, though expectations should have always been tempered. Still, there are some decent pieces left on the market and the Mariners have just as good of a shot as any other team to swing a deal.
Considering Dipoto’s aggressive past in the month of August, settling on Negron and no other player seems unlikely. The Mariners have a few needs, and fortunately have timing on their side and the financial fortitude to get a deal done.
So, who would be a realistic addition to the Mariners roster at this point? Well, with the rosters expanding to 40 tomorrow, anyone is truly up for grabs. However, the three players that I’ll mention seem to make the most sense.