Mariners Rumors: Trading with Diamondbacks for Merrill Kelly

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Mariners: Merrill Kelly could be an option
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 11: Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Trade 2: Mariners send out some hitters for Merrill Kelly

Taylor Trammell would likely end up in the majors this season, again, if he was traded to the Diamondbacks. There would be no pressure, and it could make for a relaxed environment to see how he would do. If that’s not the route that these two teams would want to go, they could look at getting a pair of future prospects from the Mariners instead.

Perez currently sits at third, but he has a plus-plus arm. Given that part of his skill set, you could see him moving to a corner outfield location down the line, whether it’s because of need or the worry of his bat not being enough for a third baseman. He’s still young, turning 20 this October. He’s shown good bat speed and line-drive ability so far in his young and short pro career, giving him fairly high upside, which is why he sits 14th on the Mariners prospect list.

Deloach is a bit higher, sitting 11th. Drafted in 2020 with the Mariners second-round pick, you can see the great bat talent that was displayed at two different stops. He led the Cape Cod league in batting average back in 2019, and then hit .421 in college in 2020. He’s still a bit of an unknown on whether he can stick in center field, but getting an outfielder that can play any spot and still hit is always someone worth having on your roster.