So in our deal, the Mariners land Weaver, Corbin Martin, and the Comp A pick in exchange for Haniger. Both Weaver and Martin have risk, especially when Martin has already had TJ surgery and Weaver strained the same ligament that TJ fixes.
But on the plus end of this, Seattle gets 2020 rotation help who has a high floor and decent ceiling, a high-upside arm with #2 stuff, and what basically amounts to an extra first-round draft pick. It may not be a super exciting haul for fans to digest, but it is a solid one.
You could probably swap out Weaver for Duplantier if you remove the comp pick, but that may even be a stretch for Arizona. But at this cost, Arizona gives from a position of strength and lands their cheap, controllable, corner bat that can hit anywhere from 2-6 in a good lineup.
Both sides are taking some risk and both have tremendous upside to be home runs for each side. At the end of the day, we are throwing up an educated guess. But one this we can say for certain is that if Arizona wants Haniger enough, they have the pieces to acquire him.
But until we know for sure what Arizona is willing to do (if we ever do), just file this possibility under the “fun to think about” cabinet. This is the time of year to dream big and try to be as creative as possible. And whether or not the Mariners ultimately trade Haniger remains to be seen, but they are listening, which is all you can really expect.