The Seattle Mariners are in need of some help at third base replacing long-time Mariner Kyle Seager. Most rumors recently have had them looking at the free-agent market for help with that, either with Kris Bryant or Trevor Story. I think an option might be over in Chicago with the White Sox’s Jake Burger.
If the Mariners can trade for Jake Burger they need to have a Burger and Buzz night and have him and Buhner shaving heads
Jake Burger was drafted back in 2017 with the 11th overall pick by the White Sox’s. After debuting for the Chicago in 2017, mostly in A ball, he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the spring of 2018. He didn’t play again till 2021 where they started him off in AAA.
It was a bit of a surprise for the White Sox to start Jake Burger in AAA after only 51 games in the minors. He hadn’t played for a few years, but he did not disappoint. He ended up hitting .274 with 18 home runs in his 82 games while playing solid defense. Burger made a brief appearance in the majors and hit .263 over 15 games.
Jake Burger fills the need at third the Mariners need, but also he is a player without a home for the White Sox’s. Chicago has a third baseman in Yoan Maconda so it would make sense that they would want to trade a guy who is blocked for a guy at a position that they are in need of.
Here’s a bit of back and forth that we had with the Folks at Southside Showdown. I wanted to add this in so you could see some of the thought processes from both sides.
SS – I definitely think the White Sox would trade for him with the proper offer. He is blocked as of right now.
SM – …What kind of positions would the White Sox be looking to get back?
SS – I would say they want a 2B or RF back!
SM – What about Dylan Moore? Utility guy who can be MLB ready?
SS – Yes! That could be a big help.
There you have it. If Sodo Mojo and Southside Showdown were in charge, here is what a trade could look like between the two teams.
What the White Sox need is a utility player who can be the backup at many different positions. Dylan Moore fits that role as a guy who in his 277 games over three years for the mariners has played every position except catcher and has posted a 1.9 dWAR over that time. He also is a good guy to come off the bench with his speed and if the offensive numbers of 2021 can come back it would be a great fit for Chicago.