The Seattle Mariners will need to make some more additions to their roster once the lockout ends, hopefully as soon as possible. One way that they could improve their team is via trades. Some major holes still remain on their roster: third base, starting pitcher, and potentially in the outfield. The Mariners could look to the National League West for some pieces to improve their roster. Leading off the division, here is a trade target from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Let’s look at a trade target for the Mariners from each team in the NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks – David Peralta
David Peralta fits the Mariners perfectly. He is a quality big league player, and adding a player like Peralta to the lineup could only help the Mariners on their path to making the playoffs for the first time since 2001. He is the type of player that will be able to play regularly, and he will hit anywhere from the middle to back half of the lineup, and he will be at least an average contributor. He will not let anyone down, he will just be a solid dude.
Peralta is a left fielder who can still play defense, even at age 34. He has some good numbers to suggest his defense is not going to fall off of a cliff. He is in the 74th percentile for Outs Above Average, 70th percentile in Outfielder Jumps, and 63rd in sprint speed. Those all suggest that he still has his legs, and can still be a contributor for the Mariners. He would slot in nicely in left field, letting Jarred Kelenic play center field, where he should continue to grow in the position.
On top of his at least slightly above-average defense, Peralta is still an average hitter. in 2021, he played in 150 games and slashed .259/.325/.402. That is a quality slash line from Peralta, and even though he had a slight dip in his wRC+ compared to years past, he still had a 93 wRC+. This was the first season since 2016 it was below 100. The two years prior to 2021 he had 105 both years. He should be able to repeat about a league average season and help the Mariners.
The best part about the Mariners acquiring David Peralta, is that he is a one year player. They would not have to give up anything hardly significant at all for him. He could come in for 2022, help play the outfield while Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, and Kyle Lewis continue developing. If all goes well, maybe they would bring him back in 2023, but the positive impact Peralta would have on the team for next year would be a large one.
For the D-Backs, they move on from Peralta, and his $8 million salary for next year, for Patrick Frick. Frick made it to AA last year, and projects as mostly a utility role. They also get a lottery ticket that does not hurt the Mariners in Luis Bolivar. Bolivar is considered to be a bottom of the system prospect, who could turn into something, like every 17 year old, but will not ultimately stop either side from making the deal.
Frick is a smart player, who should stick in a middle of the field position. He could play any of second base, shortstop, or potentially even center field someday. The D-Backs would be thrilled if in two years, Frick was a part of their big league roster. They will have to develop Bolivar, but they have to get more than just Frick from the Mariners. The next trade target comes from the Colorado Rockies, and is related to a current Mariner.