Mariners: Possible trades in dealing away Jake Fraley

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 03: Jake Fraley #28 of the Seattle Mariners at bat against the San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 03: Jake Fraley #28 of the Seattle Mariners at bat against the San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Cavan Biggio to the M's for Fraley?
OAKLAND, CA – MAY 4: Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 4, 2021 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Blue Jays 4-1. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /
  • Toronto: 33-33 – 24th in outfield WAR via Fangraphs – WRC of 95
  • Teoscar Hernandez, Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Teoscar Hernandez is their best-performing outfielder of the year. Lourdes is the most variable but is doing better after a slow start. He does have an abysmal walk rate taking first just seven times in 238 plate appearances. Grichuk is having a decent year, and like Lourdes, doesn’t take walks either. He is normally a below-average defender, even though he is a 0.0 in dWAR so far this year.

This leaves a lot of room for someone like Fraley to come in and provide a solid bat, an on-base threat, and more defensive stability in the outfield. Here’s what trading with Toronto could look like.

As we go through these, you’ll notice a bit of a trend in that I go after other teams’ second baseman to try and fill that spot for the Mariners. Things have looked better since Shed Long came back healthy, but Biggio would still be a great get. Oddly enough, his power somehow translates better to T-Mobile than almost any other park in baseball, at least according to the tracker at baseball savant.

Swanson was dominant earlier this year, and Dipoto has shown the ability to trade away relievers at their peak. It may be a little early to deal Swanson, but the Blue Jays are still in the market for a closer with Kirby Yates sidelined for the entire season.

They need a catcher as well, with both Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk on the IL. Reese McGuire has been filling in admirably, but Murphy would provide a good mix of depth and veteran leadership to a thin backstop for Toronto.

Fraley is the highlight, who would bolster the Jays OBP. He could take a spot in front of their big hitters, as we know Baby Vlad can drive in runs with the best of them. I’m sure Jays fans can picture it in their heads already, watching Fraley take a walk, and seeing Vlad smoke one into the gap while watching Fraley fly around the bases to score.

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