It truly is one of the most fun times of the year. Thanksgiving and the holidays have arrived. The NFL and college football are in the stretch run, the NBA is picking up steam (bring back the Sonics you cowards), and the Seattle Kraken are playing really well in year 2. Heck, we even have the World Cup going on right now. While baseball may have just finished, the offseason hot stove is heating up, as one of the most fascinating times of the MLB season is upon us and the Seattle Mariners. It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room… Carlos Correa.
The Mariners are in a unique spot. They just made the playoffs for the first time in two decades and had a moderately successful, if not wildly entertaining, postseason run. They have one of the brightest futures in baseball, but there’s only one problem…Houston.
If there’s a team in the AL with a better bullpen than Seattle, it’s probably the Astros. If there’s a team with enough star power on offense to overwhelm Julio Rodriguez, it’s the Astros. If there’s a team that has a better staff than the dominant potential in Seattle, it’s the Astros. Dominance…Dynasty…Destiny…It all leads back to Houston for this Mariners franchise. Everything the Mariners want, Houston stands in their way.
In a baseball way of thinking, they are the enemy. If Seattle wants to ever hang a banner in T-Mobile Park again, which means to win the AL West, get to an ALCS or better, they need to start looking at creative ways to beat the Astros.
The Mariners are not going to weaken the Astros by stealing Justin Verlander away from Houston or trading with them for one of their current stars. Instead, I believe that the Mariners should look to an old Houston star, and a former rival of Seattle, to join forces and take down the evil empire.