The Seattle Mariners made some quality additions earlier in the offseason, signing Robbie Ray and trading for Adam Frazier. If the lockout ever ends and we get to see baseball again, there will be a mad dash for the M’s and other clubs to add players before the season starts. The Mariners have some holes, and they need to make some moves, so there could be trades ready to be announced whenever the lockout ends.
Here are some possible trade scenarios with each team in the National League East:
Mariners Trade Target: Atlanta Braves LHP A.J. Minter
The first player that the Mariners could trade for here is Atlanta Braves lefty reliever A.J. Minter. The Braves are coming off of a World Series win, and the Mariners are trying to get there. Minter is a perfect fit for the Mariners because they don’t have a great left-handed reliever in their bullpen. Minter is better versus lefties than Anthony Misiewicz, who is currently the lone lefty in the Seattle bullpen.
Minter could be available because the Braves are pretty lefty-heavy in their bullpen. Their closer is a lefty, and they have another lefty similar to Minter in Tyler Matzek. The Braves do have a pretty decent bullpen, but it has been inconsistent in years past. They don’t have many good right handed relievers, so the Mariners could theoretically make a swap and give them some players that fill holes for the defending champs.
In this trade proposal, the Mariners would be giving the Braves Dylan Moore and Erik Swanson. Both of those players fill specific needs for Atlanta. They do not have a good backup infielder on their roster. They currently have Orlando Arcia projected to be their backup at every infield position. Moore would be an upgrade there with upside, and he can play the outfield as well. He would not have to play very much, but he could be a bounce back candidate for the Braves.
Swanson fits because he is a righty reliever who had a pretty good year last year and is underrated by many. He is better than some of their current relievers, and he fills a hole in that bullpen.
The next trade proposal comes from the Miami Marlins, and it involves some young catching talent.