Trade 1: Mariners trade a sidearmer and a catcher, with cash
In order to facilitate this first trade, we are going to send a bit of cash to the Rockies. $1 million is the max allowed without having to be approved by the commish, and it’s always good to keep him out of baseball things. That $1 million would cover just over a third of Gray’s remaining salary, making for a proverbial cherry on top of the trade offer.
When it comes to players, the Mariners could send over Carter Bins. Just 22, Bins has been hitting well in Everett this season at .284. What stands out is his eye at the plate, as his OBP is .422. This year doesn’t seem to be a fluke, as it was 137 points above his average last year (.276/.413). The Mariners don’t have a ton of system-wide depth at catcher, but if the plan is to keep Harry Ford there, then they could definitely trade away Binns as an asset to the Rockies.
The other piece would be Wyatt Mills, who has dominated in Tacoma (15.1 K/9 with a 3.66 ERA) as compared to a small sample in Seattle, registering a 10.80 ERA in 8.1 innings, with just 8 K’s. A change of scenery could do it for Mills, and the smallest adjustment to a funky wind-up like Mills could create a go-to reliever for years.