The only 5 Mariners who are untouchable in trade talks
Well, this is awkward, because not too long ago I had JP Crawford in a trade idea for Francisco Lindor. But that was a trade Idea for a generational talent and there aren’t any more of those on the trade block right now. Plus, if the Mariners did talk to the Indians about Lindor JP would not have been in the discussion since Dipoto is the GM, not me.
Crawford surprisingly won his first Gold Glove in 2020 after a terrific defensive season, I just did not think it was enough to beat out some of the top shortstop talents in the AL but I’m glad I was wrong.
Crawford also still has some potential in his bat. He had his best batting average last season at .255 but he had a major dip in his slugging % compared to 2018 and 2019. So if he can get his power back to .370-.390 SLG% range, and keep up his batting average and high walk rate, he would be an above-average hitter with around a 110 OPS+. Add in his stellar defense and you have a player that you will want to keep around for a long time and will never consider trading.