The Mariners have opened shop and are fielding calls on every player. While that doesn’t necessarily indicate a sudden fire sale, they’ll keep their options open.
Fans of the Mariners shouldn’t worry too much about a potential trade of Mitch Haniger over the next month or so. But they should be prepared for anything and everything to happen with Jerry Dipoto at the helm.
For the right price, Dipoto’s open-mindedness could lead him to a deal surrounding any of his relatively young and controllable Major League pieces, whether that be Haniger, Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, or Omar Narváez, to name a few. That does not, however, mean it is an automatic decision for him to make.
Coming off a 2018 campaign in which he finished 11th in American League MVP voting, Haniger was called about quite a bit this offseason. But teams weren’t willing to give up the package it would take to sway Dipoto, so discussions were tabled.
Given Haniger’s recent brutal and unspeakably specific injury, it’s possible that he may not even be fully healthy by the time this year’s trade deadline rolls around. Pair that with his overall underwhelming season at the plate and teams are unlikely to offer the Mariners what they want.
But, you just never know. Injuries may pop up or a team with championship aspirations may simply get desperate enough to add a significant piece to their roster. If Haniger can return before the deadline or shows signs of returning shortly after, teams will surely light up Dipoto’s office phone.
So today we’ll be looking at which teams make sense as a fit for Haniger, and whether or not they have the prospect capital to not only afford him, but feel comfortable in doing so as well.