Mariners Trade Proposal #1 for Brian Anderson
For a long time, the Marlins have been intent on trying to limit payroll and use their farm system for a shot at a title during a short window, hoping to have everyone hit when it matters. Plenty of fans may be upset with how they do it, but they’ve been incredibly successful when you think about the % of how many times they’ve won a World Series while actually trying to win one.
This becomes the basis of the first trade. The Mariners would send them three separate pieces that could all fill different roles for the team. I’ll jump in with Polcovich since he is who Ely mentioned.
2022 will be his age-23 season, and he only has one full minor league season under his belt. He was playing great at High A in Everett but struggled in limited time at AA Arkansas. The numbers he put up in Everett indicated a good eye (.415 OBP with 47 walks), and a good power/ speed combo (10HR/16SB). With his ability to move around, they could set a plan for him for a needed position, and go from them, increasing his value to the Marlins.
Keenan could be the hot corner replacement for Anderson and be given a bit of time to adjust to major league pitching. He turns 23 right around the same time as Polcovich, and completely raked his final year of college at Mississippi. The power is there, but he struggled with strikeouts in Everett this year in his first year in the minors. The eye was still good, as his slash line was .196/.304./.357.
Then, Phillips would give them a young and controllable pitcher who is still incredibly young. He will turn 21 in May, and has incredible strikeout stuff already, sitting down 104 in 72 innings in A ball at Modesto this year. This may not sound like a ton to get, but the future value is high, and gives the Marlins a ton of control in exchange for a guy who would likely cost them $13m+ over the next two years total.