Mariners – Rockies Trade No. 2
Last week, Jerry Dipoto said he would still like to add a left-handed bat this offseason. As Shannon Drayer’s tweet says, Dipoto would like someone that is versatile on defense.
Kolten Wong was targeted by the Mariners, but he has now signed with the Brewers. So, how about we give the Rockies a call?
To be completely honest, I don’t know if the Rockies are willing to give up Ryan McMahon, but he would fit what the Mariners are looking for.
Ryan McMahon was drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 2013 draft and was thought to be DJ LeMahieu’s successor. That hasn’t been the case thus far.
McMahon is still only 26-years-old, which makes me hesitate on whether Colorado would give him up. The infielder hasn’t done enough on the field from my perspective, so I have a feeling that Colorado would consider shipping him off to build up the farm system.
McMahon is a left-handed hitter and can play anywhere in the infield. He has spent most of his time at second base and the corners but played three innings at shortstop last year.
He doesn’t have the outfield experience like Dipoto might desire, but McMahon’s infield versatility could come in handy. Besides, Dylan Moore and Shed Long Jr. showed that they can play outfield.
Through four seasons, McMahon has a .237/.318/.423 slash line. Not super amazing right? Out of the four seasons, he only had one great year which was in 2019, where he hit 24 home runs, a .250 average, and .779 OPS.
That’s the kind of performance I am hoping for. Additionally, McMahon is still young and fits into our timeline. When the next wave of prospects arrive, McMahon might be at his peak performance. This trade idea is sort of like the Carter Kieboom trade idea we proposed a while back.
As you might expect, McMahon has a high value on Baseball Trade Values. He is worth 10.9, so the Mariners have to give up a solid package.
In that package, I propose prospects Zach DeLoach, Juan Then, and Sam Carlson who are 12th, 14th and 15th ranked prospects in the Mariners system. Although the Mariners are slightly underpaying in this situation, I think the return is exciting enough for the Rockies to accept.
For Seattle, we don’t have to give up any Top 10 prospects and we are not really counting on the three of them, compared to the likes of J-Rod and Kelenic.
Now, let’s take a look at the final trade idea.