A Tie! James Paxton to New York, Alex Colome for Omar Narvaez (4)
So… we have a tie. The way we reached this tie was interesting. 2 of our rankers, Ty Gonzalez and Josh Maduell, ranked the James Paxton trade at 5 and 6 respectively. However, Jeff Nooney and I ranked this trade at number 1 and 4.
Why Jeff ranked this trade number 1, I do not know. But why Josh ranked it as the second worst, I also don’t know. I can only speak for myself, and this trade came it at 4 in my personal ranks, just after the Jean Segura trade.
From a package standpoint, the Mariners received Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson, and Dom Thompson-Williams. Honestly, I think the package coming back to Seattle was a little light on the overall, likely because the Mariners demanded Justus Sheffield be in the package instead of a prospect who is further away from the big leagues.
The Alex Colome for Omar Narvaez reached this spot in a much more consistent style. The Narvaez trade ranked 3,3,4,6 by us. I was the low man on the totem pole on this deal. But in all reality, I love it.
Getting a 26-year-old, offensive-minded catcher with 4-years of club control for an expensive, albeit good, reliever seems like a steal. Narvaez defense, which has been much maligned, may not be as bad as the numbers say, considering his pitching staff in Chicago was garbage.
I totally see why the guys ranked this highly. For me, it speaks to the quality of the trades Jerry Dipoto has made this off-season. Narvaez for Colome is a great deal, and somehow, I had ranked as the second worst trade of the off-season.
That is not a sentiment of many of the past Mariners off-seasons.