The Seattle Mariners are in the market for a third baseman this offseason, as Kyle Seager’s option is almost certainly not being picked up. This leaves a hole at third base for the first time in a decade for the Mariners. However, this is an exciting time for Mariners fans and there is a superstar third baseman out there who the Mariners should be interested in this offseason: his name is Jose Ramirez.
Jose Ramirez has been an absolute stud at third base for the Indians the last several years, and he is only going to be playing his age 29 season next year. Contract-wise, Ramirez has two club options left on his contract for $12 and $14 million the next two seasons. The Mariners would be getting an MVP-caliber player for two years, but he would most certainly need to be extended in Seattle beyond the two years.
The Mariners are going to have to give up a haul that will hurt. It is not going to be a light trade where the Mariners give up prospects that fans don’t love. They will have to send multiple top 10 prospects to Cleveland. There is immense surplus value since Ramirez is not only under contract for 2 years, but he is incredibly cheap and is a perennial MVP candidate.
Here is a snapshot into how valuable Ramirez would be as a free agent, and explains some of the reasoning for the trade cost for Seattle:
With Ramirez’s price in mind, here are a few trade options the Mariners should consider: