Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is known for making trades. But as he now looks to help the team compete, will he start trading prospects for stars? If he does, here are the 5 guys most likely to be in deals this winter.
It has been heavily publicized and we have mentioned it what feels like a hundred times here on Sodo Mojo, but Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto says that they will be signing players and making moves to compete in 2021. This was extremely exciting news for Mariners fans and added to last year’s encouraging performances, there is a lot to be excited about with this young Mariners group.
Dipoto has made many trades during his tenure to help the Mariners compete, but recently all of the trades have been to help the Mariners rebuild. However, as the team looks to compete for next year and many of the next years in the future, how will they get there?
Obviously, the three young award winners, Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis as well as Gold Glovers Evan White and JP Crawford, are exciting players with bright futures. Seattle also has pitching prospects like Justus Sheffield and Logan Gilbert, and hitting prospects Jarred Kelenic and Taylor Trammell.
While all of these players will help the Mariners compete now, there are also a handful more like George Kirby and Julio Rodriguez who will be up in a few years and could be future award winners as well.
But if the Mariners are to compete now, they are certainly going to make trades involving prospects. So, who could be included in these trades? There are players who are undoubtedly untouchable like Kelenic and Rodriguez, but there are also 5 guys who for different reasons could be more likely to be out the door if the opportunity to acquire a quality MLB player arises.