Option 3: The Mariners acquire both Means and Mullins
Look, if you are going to ask for a lot, you are going to have to give up a lot. It’s why a trade like this would likely push the Orioles into the clear cut, far and away top farm system in all of baseball. Remember, they already have Adley Rutschman and Grayson Rodriguez. Adley is fighting with Julio for the top spot, and Grayson is the top pitching prospect in baseball. To go along with that, they have three other top 100 guys.
Now, they would have seven guys in the top 100, and personally, one of my favorite Mariners prospects is Levi Stoudt. This is a hard one for me to put out there because I have high hopes for both Kirby and Stoudt.
Kirby could come up relatively soon, and even be a midseason call-up this year for the Orioles. Stoudt is trying to make it as a starter and will either have a nice three-pitch combo with a mid 90s fastball or be a flamethrower hitting 100 out of the pen with a NASTY changeup.
Ford is the guy for down the road, and the Orioles can easily move him to a new position. Remember, he didn’t play catcher because it was where he was best, he played it because it’s what the team needed. He easily could’ve played second or center with his athleticism.
It’s a big group of talented prospects to give up, but the Mariners fill out their rotation with a controllable and good starter, as well as finding a potential new centerfielder of the future to go along with Kelenic and Julio down the line.
What do you think? Would it be worth it to go out and get either of these guys? Do you trust what it would take to get both of them and the supposed value they would bring in return? If the Mariners and Orioles are willing to engage, it could make for a fun Spring Training talk when (hopefully) baseball resumes soon.