Mariners Trade Proposal: Matt Chapman to the Mariners
Mariners Trade Proposal #3 for Matt Chapman
The Mariners get their third baseman for the near future as they compete in 2022 and beyond. Seattle is going to not give up a package worth the 6 WAR Matt Chapman because he hasn’t been that player for a bit. They would totally hope that he can return to it. Even in 2021, he had a 3.4 WAR and 101 wRC+. He was at the worst league average which would help the Mariners greatly, and even more, if Chapman returns to greater form.
They also get reliever Deolis Guerra who has a few more years of team control and has parts of seasons with the Pirates, Angels, and A’s. Guerra is 32 and the Mariners have had great success with getting the most out of pitchers especially. Guerra doesn’t have a dominant fastball but does a good job of limiting hard contact.
The Athletics here would get a plug-and-play replacement for Chapman in Abraham Toro. It would hurt to part with Toro, but for Chapman, it would surely be worth it. The A’s also get position player prospects Taylor Trammell and Kaden Polcovich since the A’s have a pretty poor farm system now. Trammell just needs time to keep playing and get better. They also get Juan Then who could be a starter for them or potentially be a flame-throwing reliever if they choose that path for him.
The Mariners should definitely be interested in trading for the A’s third baseman Matt Chapman. He would give the Mariners a veteran third baseman to build around. His defense would be a sight to see next to J.P. Crawford. The Mariners would also offer him a change of scenery by getting out of Oakland. Chapman could be an under-the-radar candidate if they can get him to return to his early-career form at the plate. The Mariners would be smart to extend Chapman if he gets better.