San Francisco Giants Steven Duggar
Steven Duggar is certainly not the hottest name on the market, but he does present the Mariners with an intriguing center field option. He is a 28 year old with three more years of club control after seemingly falling out of favor with the Giants. He was absent from most of their playoff and second-half run. He certainly would fit in Seattle as at least a part-time player who could benefit from more playing time.
The Mariners clearly need a center fielder, and Duggar could be an option to fill that spot. He is a very good defender according to advanced metrics such as Outs Above Average and Outfielder Jumps. He also is very fast, which would be another boost for him in a Mariners uniform. He has posted some pretty average numbers last year, but was worth 2 Wins Above Replacement. He slashed .257/.330/.437 last year, which is pretty good, but not elite.
A trade package for Duggar could be a fairly simple one if the two sides can get a player that fits their needs the best. The Mariners could certainly trade a pitcher to the Giants for Duggar, and a deal could look like this.
The Giants certainly could benefit from another bullpen arm, and Yohan Ramirez offers them that. The Mariners also should be comfortable with dealing him for three years of good center field play. If Duggar plays about 120 games in center field next year, and then becomes the 4th outfielder if younger players emerge, then that is great. Duggar as a fourth outfielder would be great for the Mariners.
The Giants would be excited to put Ramirez in their bullpen to go along with young flame thrower Camilo Doval and Jake McGee. That would bolster the back end of their bullpen for competing for another division title with the Dodgers in 2022. The deal really benefits both sides, since they are dealing from areas of surplus for areas of lesser strength. Both players have shown flashes and been up and down from the minors, but aren’t key pieces to either organization.
Overall, there are several interesting players out there for the Mariners to target from teams in the National League West. They could address a number of positions going into the 2022 season and beyond. They could address their outfield, bullpen, starting rotation, and infield going forward with some of the players here, and make a very exciting team next year.