The Seattle Mariners have been, surprise, the busiest team the first 6 weeks of the MLB Hot Stove. They have made 7 trades, and today some of our staff ranked the trades.
We were curious as to what Mariners trades our staff liked and disliked the most. We didn’t have hard set criteria, instead choosing to let our voters use whatever logic or emotions they wanted to when ranking these 7 trades.
Interestingly, we really had 3 trades that all came close to claiming our top spot and even had a tie for 4th place. Our methodology for coming to these “consensus” ranks was simple. I asked our participants to rank the deals one through seven.
Then, we add the total ranks and divided that number by four, the number of our staff who participated. You probably know this as an average. Like golf, the low score wins. Now that we have explained our incredibly complex methodology (joke), let’s get started.
7. Ricardo Sanchez, LHP (6.5)
So full disclosure, 2 of our rankers forgot to rank this trade. But if it was so irrelevant to them that they forgot about, it is safe to assume they would rank it 7th. It’s not that the trade is bad, or that Sanchez isn’t a worthwhile prospect to add.
The LHP will enter 2019 as a 22-year-old and has flashed good stuff that may make him a starter. The fastball sits 92 but can touch 95 with a decent amount of movement. The curveball used to flash plus but is now just an above-average offering.
What will likely keep Sanchez from reaching his ceiling of a back-end starter is his changeup and command. Sanchez has a changeup that flashes average, which could give him 3 average offerings to get through a lineup 2 or 3 teams.
But Sanchez still has time to find his feel and could be a decent left-handed reliever if he can’t figure it out in the rotation.