We all know that Jerry Dipoto loves making trades. During his time with the Mariners, it seems like he can’t go more than a week or two in the offseason without making something happen.
He may slow it down a bit during the upcoming winter meetings, and throughout the entirety of the offseason. However, it’s still Trader Jerry. Would it surprise anyone to see him make a handful of moves? I’m not just talking about signing free agents, hopefully, like Rodon, Ray, Escobar, or possibly a catcher. I mean making some trades and working towards continuous improvement that leads to that first playoff birth in 20+ years. Fingers Crossed, that is.
I’m not calling for any major trades. However, if the Mariners are going to go out and sign some new players, that is going to push some of these guys out of the picture, potentially. It’s a tough spot to be as a Mariners fan, as the team is extremely likable. Even the players who put up negative WAR were fun to watch.
I think it becomes further compounded when you start looking at the players that could be forcing their way onto the team within the next year or two. You have minor leaguers like Emerson Hancock, George Kirby, Levi Stoudt, Matt Brash, Noelvi Marte, and Julio Rodriguez… and you could name more if you wanted to. If Dipoto is able to swing a trade with another organization that sends a couple of our guys out for a big-time upgrade at a position, it would be a win.
I feel a bit dirty talking about players in that manner. I want to see these guys succeed, and it would be awesome if they found success, whether it’s here or somewhere else. When it comes down to it, the organization wants one thing though, and Mitch Haniger said it best.
"We’re going to end this f*cking drought."
So, let’s get to it and look at five candidates that the Seattle Mariners could trade away during this offseason.