Athletics – Mariners could go for Matt Chapman
This is definitely the highest-profile trade proposal thus far. Matt Chapman has been rumored to be on the trade block this offseason, and the Mariners have been one of the teams reportedly in on him. The trade would certainly fill the hole at third base for the Mariners. This trade would certainly have to be the biggest in terms of assets traded. The A’s are expected to go into rebuild mode soon so they will want more than just one or two top prospects.
In this deal, the Mariners are getting the best player, Matt Chapman, while doing a bulk deal. The A’s get Zach DeLoach, who is a top 10 prospect in the Mariners system by some, but overall seems like he will be a 4th outfielder or a fringe starter at best. That is not a great prospect, but the addition of Taylor Trammell, who has some big league time, and Levi Stoudt, help make it more palpable. Trammell spent a little time in the big leagues with the Mariners last year.
For Trammell, he just needs time to play at the big league level to see if he can stick there, and the A’s could give him that in a rebuild. They also get Levi Stoudt who is a hard-throwing right-hander who rounds out the deal. Stoudt got to AA last year and is not too far away from the big leagues. The final proposal comes between the Mariners and the Texas Rangers.