Seattle Mariners offer prospects with a rotation replacement
Admittedly this is a lowball offer but the Reds may consider it if the Mariners are the only team willing to offer some top prospects and take on Nick Castellanos‘ contract. Baseball trade values agrees that this is a lowball offer and says that it would not be accepted, but like I said if the Reds are really desperate to move Castellanos’ contract then the Mariners could get a steal.
The Reds don’t leave the trade empty-handed as they get young former Mets top pitching prospect Justin Dunn, Mariners top 10 outfield prospect Jake Fraley, and rising prospect Juan Then. One reason I like this trade for the Mariners is that I am not high on either Dunn or Fraley as I have said before in my recent blog, 5 prospects who could be traded this offseason, and you can learn more about them by clicking the link below.
However, Dunn and Fraley are still good prospects it’s just that they probably wont find their success in Seattle with a crowded potential future starting rotation and outfield. As for Juan Then, he is a prospect on the rise after coming over from the Yankees for Edwin Encarnacion and has climbed up the Mariners’ prospect rankings.
I like Then and his potential but we’re talking about Sonny Gray here, so I am more than willing to part with who MLB.com says is the Mariners’ 7th best pitching prospect.