The Seattle Mariners are supposed to be one of the most aggressive sellers this trade deadline but as of now, they haven’t made a major trade since shipping Edwin Encarnacion to the Yankees.
But just because there haven’t been any deals made for a while, doesn’t mean Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto isn’t working the phones as we speak. In fact, Jim Bowden of The Athletic says they are fielding calls on multiple players:
So while it sounds like their primary goal is to unload both Mike Leake and Dee Gordon, they are also receiving calls on some of their players. We have spent the past 6 weeks speculating on potential landing spots for many players, but have never picked the landing spot we think will land the prize.
Today, we will attempt to do that by predicting the landing spot of 5 Mariners trade chips. While anybody on the Mariners is available, with the exception of J.P. Crawford and Yusei Kikuchi, we are going to make a few assumptions.
First, we are assuming that Mitch Haniger and Marco Gonzales are more or less off-limits. We are also assuming that teams that are buyers now are going to be buyers in 2 weeks. Things change quickly in baseball so a team that can be a buyer today can lose 10 of their next 12 and fall out of the race.
Teams like San Francisco and Colorado are both good examples in the opposite direction. Both teams are still in the race, but San Francisco has won 8 of 10, while Colorado has lost 8 of 10. To avoid these scenarios, we are just focused on where these potential buyers stand right now.