Perhaps the most likely Mariners player to be traded in the next two weeks is left-handed reliever Roenis Elias. As Bowden reports, Dipoto has already received calls about his closer and if a halfway decent offer comes his way, he should take it.
Elias is a solid piece to shop around. He is versatile, capable of everything from being an Opener to long relief, to being used in high-leverage spots. He is controllable until after the 2021 season. And he is cheap, both monetarily and cost to acquire.
Many teams are looking for bullpen help and while a lot of teams won’t see Elias as a high-leverage option, the fact that he has had success this year is a selling point. The market right now is waiting on the Giants to trade Will Smith but Elias is a perfectly legitimate backup plan. In fact, if the Giants over price Smith, Elias may be preferred by some teams.
A valuable asset, Elias will probably net the Mariners an interesting prospect or a young, MLB player blocked from playing time. The player they acquire won’t have superstar potential but should be good enough to have a good shot at major league success.
Elias could be added to a player like Mike Leake or Domingo Santana to try and increase value, but as we are only considering these players as stand-alone for the moment, it doesn’t apply here. Overall, any team looking for bullpen help with monetary restrictions or prospects depth problems should be looking at Elias.