There is a rumor that the Seattle Mariners and the Mets have talked about a trade for Kyle Seager. What would a trade for Seager look like?
After trading for Francisco Lindor the New York Mets, with who the Seattle Mariners are familiar trade partners, are clearly going for it this year. Now there is another rumor that shows they are trying to build a World Series caliber roster as Michael Mayer of Metsmerized tweeted this.
While it is not a confirmation that they have had serious discussions, it shows that the Mets are another potential suitor if the Mariners wanted to move Kyle Seager. So what would a trade look like if the Mets and Mariners did indeed agree to send Seager to New York City? I was not too sure how it would work when I first saw the rumor but there is actually a great trade for both sides that is not a “Dump of Seager’s salary” type of trade.
If Kyle Seager is traded his 2022 team option becomes a player option. So to make his $33 million in salary over the next two years work for New York, Seattle sends over $5 million to help with Seager’s contract and takes on the contract of Jeurys Familia.
While Familia has one year left on his contract and would be owed about $13-14 million by the Mariners, he would actually be of use to Seattle. Jerry Dipoto has been saying that the Mariners are still looking to add another reliever and Familia can be that one last guy.
Familia was one of the best closers in the game in 2014 and 2015, but he has fallen off recently due to having one of the league’s worst walk rates. Familia had a 3.71 ERA last year and still has his stuff, so if the Mariners could get his walk rate down Familia could be a key piece in the bullpen this year.
The Mariners also receive two prospects, the Mets 6th ranked prospect JT Ginn, and their 15th ranked prospect, Freddy Valdez. Ginn was the Mets 2020 second-round pick and his best scouting grades are his 60 fastball (Which is 91-95 mph) and 60 slider. He has an overall grade of 50 and is 21 years old.
Valdez is a power potential project. At the age of just 19, Valdez has scouting grades of 45 hitting and 55 power and is 6′ 3″. He will need many years in the minors to unlock his power but if he can start hitting in the minors he could rise up the Mariners prospect rankings and be in the majors in 3-4 years.
If Ginn and Valdez were to be added to the Seattle Mariners prospect rankings on MLB.com, Ginn would fall in the 8th-10th ranked prospect range and Valdez would be in the 15th-20th range.
This trade was accepted on Baseball Trade Values and I find it to be great for both sides, as the Mariners get two prospects and a vet reliever and the Mets get another infielder which they need since Robinson Cano will be out all of next season.