With the trade deadline a week away, the Detroit Tigers let it be known that one of the best and most exciting players on their young team would be available for trade at the deadline. Jerry Dipoto has made it known that he is looking to trade for a starting pitcher, which is why I think the Mariners should be working pretty hard to figure out if acquiring Tarik Skubal would be worth it.
Plenty of fans out there have been clamoring for another starting pitcher. The Mariners have been lucky on the mound this year, with their core five starters looking healthy all season. It’s a tough ask to get that for an entire year though. If one of them could shift to the pen in a trade, they could slide back into the rotation in case anyone was injured.
With Skubal, the Mariners would be looking at not just a dominant rotation, but a young one as well.
Logan Gilbert is only 25. George Kirby is 24. Tarik Skubal is 25. Add in Hancock, Brash, Stoudt, Miller, or one of the other prospects coming up, and that’s a scary group for opponents.
The Mariners would have to get Tarik Skubal here first though. Before we look at a couple of different options for what it would take, let’s look at what he brings for those that aren’t that familiar with him.
With a 3.88 ERA on the season, Skubal has actually been much better. His FIP sits at 2.92. With a K rate just above 9 per nine, he would fit right in with Gilbert. He’s been good for 5-6 innings as well, averaging about 5.5 per start. It makes sense with him being young, and there’s no reason not to believe he would become a 6 IP per start guy. With what the Mariners have been able to find in the bullpen, that’s all they need.
He’s a good pitcher, and he also has a ton of control. Skubal is under team control through the 2026 season. If he does end up getting traded, his new team will have him for 4.5 seasons. It makes his value a bit tough to determine, but we can all agree that it would be pretty darn high.
So, here are a couple of options for what Dipoto and crew could offer the Tigers for Tarik Skubal.