Near Thanksgiving of 2016 something happened that is very rare. A trade worked out for BOTH sides! The Mariners swapped players, acquiring Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura for Taijuan Walker and a raw, but talented young infielder named Ketel Marte. Of course, the Mariners turned Segura into our shortstop of the future JP Crawford, but could the Mariners go to the past to find his running mate at second base?
Marte has been one of the best players in the National League since being shipped to the desert. He is slashing an eye-popping .296/.360/.492 since joining the Diamondbacks, hitting 57 home runs in parts of 5 years according to Baseball Reference.
What would happen if the Mariners once again had Ketel Marte?
This production was good enough for the Diamondbacks to lock up Marte through his age 31 season, with a 5 year 24 million dollar deal. This makes him one of the most affordable young stars in the league.
It is hard to tell what the market would look like for Marte, as the Mariners would likely have to overpay to obtain him. The Diamondbacks have also said they will not trade him, but could the Mariners pry him away?
Let’s dive in and take a look at a few trades that the Mariners could offer the Diamondbacks, and see if any of them would be enough to get Ketel Marte back in Seattle.