Trade 3: Mariners get Pitching and depth for Kyle Seager
Palmer would be the better get here, and it really isn’t an argument. He gives the Mariners another potential piece to fill the shortstop and third base spots with Seager’s departure. There has been talk since he got here over whether or not JP Crawford can do enough to remain and be “worthy” enough of being the team’s starting shortstop. We know he has a gold glove, but it’s the bat that is in question.
Palmer, at 20, is likely going to outgrow the shortstop position, with a plus arm allowing him to move around, as well as plus speed and plus power. The contact rate is where he has an issue, and you have to wonder if he will be able to learn to hit the ball often enough to make the power play. He has an awful strikeout rate, and Mariners fans have had enough of that in their life.
When it comes to Renteria, he could immediately be a piece that the team could use. He’s already 26, and is on the edge of no longer being a prospect due to his age. The Mariners could use pitching, as they have faced a rash of injuries this season. It would be a great opportunity for both the Mariners and Renteria to see if he can be good enough to pitch in the bigs.
What do you think? Would any of these trades be enough to move Seager? The Mariners are in a tough spot of needing veteran leadership, but wanting to build for the future and retain value.