Option 2: The Mariners acquire Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins came out of nowhere in 2021. He wasn’t realistically on anyone’s radar as someone who could put together one of the top offensive seasons in baseball, yet that is what he did. He was coming off a decent 2020, with a slash line of .271/.315/.407, with three HR, four 2B, and seven SB in 48 games. Then came 2021.
- .291/.360/.518, 30 HR, 30 SB, 37 2B, 5 3B, 159 Games, 675 PA, 5.7 WAR
Yeah, he had an incredible season. It was only his age-26 season as well, so there is a great possibility that he has that type of ability and production for years to come. 30/30/290 is nothing to scoff at, at it makes you a danger regardless of where you are on the field… in a good way.
Mullins has one more year of control over Means and is also a few years younger. He also plays decent defense with great offensive capabilities, which means he will take a lot more to get.
Trammell gets sent out (sorry Taylor, it’s happened a lot to you already) to give the Orioles a 2022 piece that they could plug in and test out, to see if he can be a true MLB piece or not. Hancock is the main piece here, a top prospect within not just the Mariners system, but all of baseball. Macko is the wild card, a LHP with raw stuff but an incredible mix of potential and ceiling.