Rangers – Mariners could go for Nick Solak
The Rangers have been big-time spenders this offseason, signing Marcus Semien and Corey Seager. These two players immediately plug up their middle infield, pushing Nick Solak out of a regular job. Nick Solak had been a bit of a utility player for the Rangers in 2020 but played almost exclusively at second base in 2021. The Mariners could acquire him to be their Dylan Moore for the next few years, as he is under contract for three more years.
Nick Solak gives the Mariners someone who can play center field as well as other positions. He was a really good defender at second base as well. The Mariners could play him all over, getting his speed and slap bat in the lineup. Solak was in the 93rd percentile of sprint speed last year. He also hits the ball a lot. He is a little similar to Adam Frazier in terms of being a contact first hitter. A package for Solak could look like this.
This deal gives the Mariners a utility man that they can use, while the Rangers get back some pieces that fit their needs right now better than Nick Solak. The Rangers have players they need to play in the outfield, so they would be interested in trading Solak. They get Swanson in return, who had a pretty nice season out of the bullpen for the Mariners. Margevicius is coming off of an injury and the Rangers could use him as a starter when he gets back or as a long reliever.
This trade benefits both teams as they trade from positions of strength and fill a need. This trade really helps out both squads as they try to win more games going forward. All of these trades have been between the Mariners and their division opponents, and they have not been for stars for the most part. These deals are some of the sneaky trades that Jerry Dipoto could make to improve the Mariners for 2022 and beyond.