Mariners: 3 Potentially surprising landing spots for Mitch Haniger
2. San Diego Padres
San Diego has been rebuilding for a decade now and it finally appears they are ready to go all in. After signing Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado the past two off-seasons, combined with the young core in place, and the reports they intend to be involved with the big names this winter, it is hard to come to any other conclusion.
But the team needs outfield bats and despite their spending the past two off-seasons, they won’t have a ton of cash to play with. Haniger is a good fit in San Diego and, just as importantly, the Padres have many pieces the Mariners would be interested in, including both MLB and minor league prospects.
Some major league pieces that could make sense are Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, and Wil Myers (IF the Padres eat a large part of his salary and add good prospects).
Prospects that could interest Seattle include Luis Patino, Mackenzie Gore, Luis Campusano, and Ryan Weathers, amongst others. The Mariners and Padres may have to get a little creative to find a deal that both sides like, but that shouldn’t be too difficult.
Trading for an outfielder who isn’t making money would allow the Padres to spend big to fill other needs and give them a real chance to take a big jump in 2020.