Seattle Mariners rumors: Three potential trade targets before tonight’s deadline
By Ty Gonzalez
LHP GIO GONZALEZ
It is well-documented that Gio Gonzalez has had a very poor second half of the 2018 season. But the Mariners, like many other teams, need starting pitching and there isn’t a whole lot of it.
Gonzalez would bring playoff and high-leverage experience to a Mariners rotation that has been in limbo for the past month. Sure, Gonzalez’s struggles are of serious concern, but he’s consistently been worth roughly 3.0 fWAR since the 2010 season.
The likeliest scenario is that he gets things turned around at some point, and a change of scenery to a playoff contender like the Mariners could spark a successful reboot.
The Mariners have acknowledged the idea of eventually turning to a six-man rotation at some point this season. With Marco Gonzales on the mend and James Paxton returning from the disabled list tomorrow, Gio would allow the Mariners to enact such a plan by the time Marco returns.