Mariners: 3 Under the Radar Trades We Could See This Offseason

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 01: Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at T-Mobile Park on October 01, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 01: Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at T-Mobile Park on October 01, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Adam Engel Mariners
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 15: Adam Engel #15 of the Chicago White Sox hits a three-run home run off of starting pitcher Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox and Zack Collins #38 during the fifth inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on September 15, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

With Kyle Lewis ailing and the Mariners preferring to move Jarred Kelenic back to left field next year, Seattle is without a true center fielder for the foreseeable future. Adam Engel, an outcast in the Chicago White Sox outfield, could be a prime trade target to fill that hole.

A former Top-5 organizational prospect with the White Sox, Engel has been replaced by Luis Robert as Chicago’s center fielder, and his future with the team is far from certain. Engel has a career .225/.282/.359 slash line, but that line is heavily skewed by a poor first two seasons of his career; in 2021, he posted a .252/.336/.496 slash line while stealing seven bases in just 39 games.

The White Sox have the worst farm system in baseball, and only have one left-handed pitcher in their Top-30 prospects. Chicago is in win-now mode while also hoping to slowly improve their farm system, so adding a near-MLB ready left-hander with the potential to be nasty out of the bullpen makes sense for them.

Engel, 29, has two years left of club control, and while his 2021 injuries are cause for concern, his on-base, base running, and fielding abilities would provide an immediate upgrade to the end of the Mariners’ lineup.

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