Mariners Trade Proposal #2 for Brian Anderson
This one all depends on how you feel about Justin Dunn, both his talent and his shoulder. A shoulder injury is never something that can be taken lightly. It can be persistent throughout a career and greatly affect the rest of his seasons.
Or, a guy can come back from it and be dominant. People love Carlos Rodon, and he had major shoulder issues and worries. That hasn’t stopped fans and experts alike from expecting or thinking he is going to get a deal north of $100 million this offseason.
Am I saying that Dunn could be the next Rodon? No, I’m not. He did just turn 26 and is under control through the 2025 season. Yes, his season was shut down in 2021, but the numbers he put up were quite impressive. 8.8 K/9, 3.75 ERA, and much better control than his BB/9 would indicate.
If the Marlins can get a return somewhere around a 4.00 ERA, a K per inning, and control for four more seasons, then that becomes a big win for them. Plus, you would still get Polcovich. Anderson is better, but age and cost do play a factor when you are putting a trade together.