Every year, teams fall into a handful of different mindsets with their team. There are the true contenders, the hopefuls, the ones who have to make a decision about going for it or rebuilding, and finally, those that need to rebuild and retool. The Baltimore Orioles are clearly in that final group and are looking to deal away some of their stronger players. If interested, the Seattle Mariners could make inquiries on John Means and Cedric Mullins.
It actually could make for a pretty good match. A lot of fans want the Mariners to go out after one more starting pitcher, and plenty think that the team could use a real center fielder. The Orioles have both of those. Whether or not Jerry Dipoto would give up what it would take to get them, or even agree that the value that Mike Elias assigns to them, is a different question.
The Mariners and Orioles could be interesting trade partners this offseason
I want to look at what it could possibly take to get them, from a semi fair market value. I’d be more interested in the Mariners trading for Means, just so he can stop giving me nightmares. Okay, not just for that, but for the fact that he would likely be cheaper to acquire, and having a legit starting five with plenty of youth waiting in the wings would be a fantastic spot to be in for the Mariners.
Here’s what we are going to do. I’m going to throw a trade out there for Means. Then, I’m going to throw one out there for Mullins. To cap it off, I’ll finish with a trade that would acquire both of them. Spoiler alert… it’s gonna take a lot to get both of them, and you can’t just MLB The Show logic it by sending super young guys or guys with A potential. They have to be good with good potential, and ranked highly.
Here we go, let’s start off with what the Mariners would have to send out to Baltimore in order to acquire that final starter for their rotation.