Trade 1: Mariners trade Trammell, again, with LHP Macko for Frazier
Look, I really like Taylor Trammell. I don’t wanna see him go. He’s young, and you can definitely see the potential. He was a high-ranking prospect for a reason. That being said, if we are going to pull in a top hitter (in 2021) that still has 1.5 years of control, we are going to have to give up something. Trammell could get plenty of playing time in Pittsburgh, and would likely be an attractive piece for them.
Gregory Polanco is on the ten-day IL there, so they could ease him back in while splitting time between him, Trammell, and former Mariner Ben Gamel, who is quietly having a nice season. Trammell has been moved around a lot, but going to Pitt could find him a home for a few years while he continues to learn and figure things out at the big league level. With Seattle slowly opening their window to contention, Trammell could be out of the mix.
With Macko, you could be giving the Pirates a young lefty that would have time to prep in their system. Only 20 years old with a lot of control left, it gives them plenty of time to work through some of the control issues that Macko has seen this season. He does have an insane strikeout rate through his 21.2 innings, having sat down 40 hitters via the K.