Trade 3: Mariners go for broke, not just Reynolds
EDIT – Leaving this up so you can make fun of me/realize we make mistakes. Clicked on the wrong name in trade values, so was going off a way lower value. Yeah, Mariners would need to give up two real good prospects or a top prospect to get him. Apologies #Pirates Fans.
I don’t think there is a chance that they would do this one, but I can see the reasoning behind wanting to do something like this. Reynolds has long-term value and is someone that they could keep on the team even with the trio of Lewis-Kelenic-Rodriguez. Lewis might end up as a DH in order to keep him healthy and keep the bat in the lineup, so finding another young outfielder isn’t a crazy thought.
We already talked about Frazier in a recent article, and he would be a nice get at second base. It would be sort of like a trial period, and the Mariners could either sign him long-term, let him walk, or even trade him next year if things aren’t going their way.
In Richard Rodriguez, they would get another great arm to add to what has been a top-3 bullpen in terms of WAR. If they could add him, while getting Swanson and Santiago back, it would be a scary good bullpen.
You’re going to have to give up talent to get it. Trammell is in this deal as well, adding in two of the Mariners top-seven prospects in Then and Kirby. You give the Pirates a high-ceiling pitcher with what could be plus-plus-plus command, as well as Then, who is loved by scouts all over.
If things go well for the Mariners over the next week or so, they could definitely be one of the teams that call up Pittsburgh to try and make something happen. Dipoto has already said that he doesn’t want to affect the team’s long-term plans. However, if he could find a way to get someone like Reynolds, that could keep the window open just as long due to his team control. When it comes to Trader Jerry, it’s best to stay on your toes and expect the unexpected.