Mariners Trade Proposal #1 for Matt Chapman
The Mariners in this deal are getting a really good player to play third base for the next two years. Chapman is arbitration-eligible for two more years. He also had monster 2018 and 2019 seasons, posting a WAR above 6, if the Mariners get that level of production that would be an absolute win for the Mariners. Chapman is one of the best defensive third basemen in the game. Seattle would have the best defensive third base and shortstop combination in baseball.
The reason that Oakland would do this deal here is due to the loss of their manager, wanting to get cheaper talent, and the rumblings of retooling their roster. They would get an outfielder who is close to the bigs in Zach DeLoach, he could be in the majors next year at the earliest but 2023 would be his target year. Brandon Williamson gives them a young controllable arm that could be in their rotation next year or the year after. They also get Juan Then, who had a disappointing 2021.
They, however, could turn Then into a reliever and he could potentially be another Edwin Diaz if his stuff ticks up in the bullpen. Then also could be to the big leagues soon as a reliever and is already on the 40 man roster. The A’s get three players who are close to the big leagues who could help them compete more in 3 years. They all would be very cheap and under club control for more than six years each.