Washington Nationals – CF Victor Robles
Looking at the Washington Nationals, it sure would be great if the Mariners could trade for super-duper-star Juan Soto. That, however, would cost quite possibly everything of value in the Mariners organization, and he is not available. However, a struggling teammate could be, and that is Victor Robles.
Robles was once a top prospect for the Nats, but he has now faded a lot after struggling to hit in his time in Washington. He has had a career slash line of .237/.317/.375, which isn’t too terrible, especially with his plus center field defense. Last year though, he hit .203/.310/.295 in 369 plate appearances. That is not good, since most of his offensive value is his speed.
The reason that Robles would be a fit in Seattle would be because he is a great center field defender, and he could be a possible bounce back candidate with his bat. If he can just be close to league-average offensively, and still play really good defense in center field and steal bases, then he could be a valuable player. He also could just be used in a part-time role until Kyle Lewis is healthy and ready to take over the position again.
Having a pure center fielder on the roster never hurts, and that could be why Victor Robles could fit in Seattle. In this trade scenario, the M’s would be sending the Nationals Taylor Trammell, who could benefit from more playing time, which the Nats could offer Trammell. They also would be getting Justus Sheffield, who needs a fresh start, and D.C. can offer that as well. All three of these players in this package just really need a fresh start, and this is why it would make sense.
All in all, hopefully this lockout ends and the Mariners can go make some trades, sign some players, and get some practice reps in at Spring Training, and we can all see the M’s try to go make the playoffs in 2022. Fingers crossed that the two sides can come to an agreement so we can see some transactions come down the news wire.