Mariners Trade Proposal: Calling the Twins about Josh Donaldson

SEATTLE - JUNE 16: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Minnesota Twins bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on June 16, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Twins defeated the Mariners 7-2. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SEATTLE - JUNE 16: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Minnesota Twins bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on June 16, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Twins defeated the Mariners 7-2. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Alberto Rodriguez was the main guy that they wanted, so he remains in the deal as well. Just 21 years old, the young outfielder has a nice power/speed combo that he showed off in 2021. In 431 PA at A ball this season, he hit .295/.383/.484 with 10 HR and 13 SB, as well as 30 2B and 5 3B.

Currently the 21st ranked prospect for the Mariners, Rodriguez would probably hop to the 10-13 range for the Twins, with a good potential to jump up again after a strong 2021.

The difference here is that Frick and Dunn are replaced by Sheffield, who still gives the Twins an option for someone to add to their starting rotation in 2022. It wasn’t that long ago that he was a top 50 prospect in all of baseball. The potential and skill is there, but he just needs to get it together.

In 2020, Sheffield threw 55.1 innings in just 10 starts, with a 3.58 ERA and a 3.17 FIP. The walk rate was better too, down to 3.3 BB/9. If you think that Sheffield has that 2020 in him, then the Twins are getting a nice starting pitcher to add to their rotation for years to come.

It can be difficult to judge the difference when you are adding or taking money away from a deal. Either way, the Mariners would be able to get a third baseman that can rake, hit for a fairly decent average, and still play good enough defense to get the job done.

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How do you feel about these two options? Donaldson would instantly be the experienced vet, and could even be around long enough to potentially block Noelvi Marte. Let us know what you think!