Mariners Trade 1: Sheffield goes to Detroit
I’ve included Justus Sheffield in a lot of these offers, and it’s for a good reason. He is young, controllable, and very talented. Previously ranked quite highly in prospect rankings, he was the centerpiece of the James Paxton trade that the Mariners and Yankees made back in November of 2018.
He’s shown flashes in Seattle before going down with multiple injuries and now finds himself pushed back a bit in the Mariners plans. I’d love to see him stick around the rotation, but he might need a bit more seasoning. This is where Detroit comes in. They are a few years away from competing, but they’ve got a fantastic farm system. They and the Mariners were ranked in the top three this year behind the Rays.
Adding in Sheffield, he could become the defacto veteran to the likes of Skubal, Mize, Manning, Turnbull, and Wentz. Once he is healthy, he would slot right into their rotation and start eating up 5/6 innings a game.
Well, if things work out in Detroit, you should probably actually watch out for them in 2022-2023. Clearing Boyd out for Sheffield would have a strong young staff they could rely on going forward.