We know Jerry Dipoto is a guy that enjoys making trades since coming to the Mariners. I am asking: when are you going to pull a trade this off-season?
Look, I know you are planning for the Mariners to play mainly youngsters this coming season, so not many trades will happen like last year. However, it would be nice to pull at least one deal real soon. In fact, I am hoping one will happen while I am writing this post.
We have heard that there are teams interested in Mitch Haniger. I’m not sure you will pull the trigger on that one but it depends on what the Mariners get in return.
There has been some thought that Dee Gordon would be traded, but we have no idea whether any team is interested in him. Domingo Santana could be available. However, the interest might not be great there either or for the right price anyway.
I have heard fans looking at trading Omar Narvaez which doesn’t make sense to me unless the Mariners can get a good return for him. I would look at trading Tom Murphy instead but other teams may not want to give up anyone for a backup catcher who may have had the best year of his career last year.
I figure something must be on the fireplace since you and the Mariners didn’t add anyone to the 40-man roster to void the Rule 5 draft. If my counting is correct which I have done several times the Mariners have 35 players on the 40-man roster right now. This means you could add a few minor acquisitions to the roster or get multiple players in return for Haniger, Gordon, Santana or someone else.
So my suggestion pulling the trigger while you are on the phone today. If not, before next Thursday so we can be very thankful get it!