A Trade Target for the Mariners From Each N.L. West Team
San Diego Padres Dinelson Lamet
Dinelson Lamet is one of the most electric pitchers in the game of baseball. However, that electricity is unavailable. Lamet has missed significant time with injuries in his career. His career-high in innings is only 114, which was back in his rookie season in 2017. He was used out of the bullpen for most of last year due to him coming back slowly from a UCL sprain. This was after an emergence in 2020 where he was a 2.4 WAR pitcher in 12 starts for the Padres.
The possibly that Lamet presents for the Mariners is a mid-rotation arm, that flashes ace stuff sometimes and can be a #2 pitcher for ideally most of the year. He could be a potential front end of the rotation pitcher if he can stay healthy for a whole year. The Mariners would be betting on their organization being a better fit for Lamet than the Padres. They also have an oft-injured player themselves that they could trade for him straight up.
This deal gives the Mariners two years of a pitcher who has not been healthy in a long time but has great upside. The Padres get four years of an outfielder who is also injured, but also won the A.L. Rookie of the Year award. The trade fits both clubs perfectly because the Mariners need one more starting pitcher, and the Padres need one more outfielder. Both clubs would currently be running out of options at these players’ positions, so they could swap them.
The Mariners would be running Justin Dunn or Justus Sheffield as the fifth starter, and the Padres would have Jurickson Profar and Wil Myers in the corner outfield spots. The teams could fix these problems by trading these two players. The deal fits both sides incredibly well. It does not take much for both sides to have win the trade either.
If Dinelson Lamet can be at least somewhat healthy and hold down a rotation spot until George Kirby, Brandon Williamson, or Matt Brash are ready, then that is great. If he turns out to be healthy and performs, then the Mariners found themselves a solid starting pitcher. And for the Padres, if Kyle Lewis can play in a corner outfield spot for them and give them 100 games or more, then they get another good offensive talent in their lineup.