Mariners Trade Haniger? Seriously?!?!
Now, from the Seattle Mariners perspective. Let me be clear, I am a huge fan of Mitch Haniger. He’s been the heart and soul of this 2018-2022 teardown and rebuilding era. He was an all-star that has gone through so many injuries and setbacks and has battled back time and time again. What he did last year in game 161 will always be a defining moment in the spark of this new era. I want more than anything to see Mitch Haniger on a Seattle Mariners playoff team, but I also want the Mariners to get there, and I don’t know if he should be on that ship as it sails into that October harbor.
Mitch Haniger’s health can not be something that Jerry Dipoto relies on. He’s an injury-prone player, having only played nine games this season. He missed almost two years of baseball in 2019 and 2020 and has missed half the season this year. He’s also in the final year of his deal and looks all but certain to test free agency this winter. The relationship between players and management has always been in question.
While most people believe his Player’s Tribune article was a positive challenge to himself and the franchise, I can’t help but what wonder how Jerry Dipoto and owner John Stanton felt about it. I think there is a very small chance Haniger, who is from California, will be in a Seattle Mariners jersey next year.
That sucks as a fan, but as a team that is trying to break a historic drought, you have to see what you can get for a player that you’ve succeeded without, I believe Seattle can get better now and in the future by making the toughest of trades, even more, divisive than the Toro/Graveman deal.