This season the Mariners are in limbo. They are heading into a tough to manage season where they could go into August as competitors, or they could go into August with 50 wins.
What has been clear however is that the limbo that they are in has created a situation where GM Jerry Dipoto will make trades where the Mariners are sellers, as long as there is great value like the Austin Nola trade.
So, as the Mariners head into 2021 they could start turning those “sellers” style trades for great value into “buyers” style trades for great value. If that is the case there are only 5 players currently on the MLB roster who should absolutely be untouchable in any trade talks this winter and this season.
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE PROSPECTS. Obviously, guys like Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez are untouchable as well but this is just players on the MLB roster currently.
So who are the Mariners’ untouchable players currently on the MLB roster?
Obviously, Kyle Lewis will not be going anywhere anytime soon. The 2020 AL Rookie of the Year had a .364 OBP, a 126 OPS+ and an xwOBA in the 67th percentile of MLB hitters. He also had a WAR of 1.7 in just 58 games played last season.
Lewis played almost every single game last season in centerfield, and it was the only position that he played in the field as the games he didn’t play in center he was the DH or came in as a pinch hitter. With the prospects the Mariners have like Jarred Kelenic, center might not even be Lewis’ home for long, but Seattle will be Lewis’ home city for many years to come.