As the trade deadline approaches, we continue to look at some players that the Mariners could try to acquire if they wanted to be buyers at the deadline. Today, it’s Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray.
We’ve done a fair amount of trade mockups and throwing out ideas, and we are going to have more coming up. It’s one of the most interesting times of the year in baseball because of all the uncertainty and excitement that can come from a potential trade.
Whether you think the Mariners should be buyers, sellers, or hold, it’s fun to explore all the possibilities. It’s going to be tough, but there is a path for the Mariners to make it to the playoffs. One way that could help is by going out and getting a veteran pitcher. Jon Gray is just that. Better yet, he is in the last year of his contract, which makes his value cheaper.
At 29 years old, Gray is having a great season. For years, Gray has had some of the worst pitching luck in baseball when you look at the difference between his ERA and FIP. Check it out.
- 2015 – 40.2 innings, 5.53 ERA, 3.63 FIP
- 2016 – 168 innings, 4.61 ERA, 3.60 FIP
- 2017 – 110.1 innings, 3.67 ERA, 3.18 FIP
- 2018 – 172.1 innings, 5.12 ERA, 4.08 FIP
- 2019 – 150 innings, 3.84 ERA, 4.06 FIP
- 2020 – 39 innings, 6.69 ERA, 5.06 FIP
- 2021 – 86 innings, 3.77 ERA, 3.99 FIP
- Total – 766.1 innings, 4.50 ERA, 3.86 FIP
That means that over the course of his career, he has seen an extra 54 runs go across the plate than he should’ve. Putting him in T-Mobile, in front of Seattle’s defense (when healthy, even more so) would be a wonderful change.
Colorado is easily in a re-build stage, so they should be looking to offload Gray while bettering their farm system. With Seattle’s depth, there are a few options and packages they could put together to try and entice the Rockies to trade Gray to the Mariners. Let’s get started.