Seattle Mariners: 5 Non-Tender Players to Consider
The Seattle Mariners now need to address their bullpen after trading Edwin Diaz, Alex Colome, Juan Nicasio, and James Pazos in the past week. Rebuilding teams should not spend massive resources on their bullpens. Finding arms for a bullpen is the easiest thing to find in professional baseball (and it’s still hard) and the difference between an elite bullpen and mediocre one is no more than a handful of games.
However, the team still needs to have arms to cover all the innings of a season and bullpen arms are always in demand at the deadline. The quickest way to recoup a handful of lottery ticket prospects is to move bullpen pieces at the deadline.
The Mariners should be interested in a lot of these arms, but Blake Parker might be the best fit. Parker, a short-time Mariner and a Los Angeles Angels reliever the past two seasons, and has quietly been one of the better relief arms in the AL.
Over the past 2 seasons, Parker has posted a 2.90 ERA, a 10.5 K/9, a 2.4 BB/9, a 3.55 FIP, and 146 ERA+ (100 is average). Parker uses a 93 MPH fastball and splitter to get his swings and misses,
Parker has 2-years of club control left and some experience closing out games. Parker is the perfect bullpen target for Seattle. He has the potential to be a high-leverage arm with more than a year of club control to maximize trade value in July.