The Mariners have had a better first half than anyone could’ve imagined given the circumstances of the injuries they have suffered this season. Just 3.5 games back of Oakland at the all-star break, they have a record of 48-43 and seem like they could legitimately make that turn into “buyer status”.
Before you yell at me “Don’t send off the top prospects”, don’t worry… actually, you might need to. I’m not sending out any of the studs in the organization. In order to get a stud pitcher, you are going to need to send out something good. This is why we are going to take a look at what the Mariners would need to give up in order to get Jose Berrios and Nelson Cruz, together, from the Minnesota Twins.
If any of you think Berrios might be untouchable, that isn’t the case either. The fine folks at Puckettspond.com let us know, that if the Mariners sent them a good enough offer for Berrios, that he would indeed be available in a trade. Part of that comes from the fact that he is going to be a UFA after the 2022 season, which means that he will be eligible for ARB 3 after the 2021 season.
The Mariners could get a legit top of rotation player in Berrios, and if Cruz really is immortal, he could be a fantastic offensive addition to the team. Let’s get started with a major league talent swap.