The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings kick off this Sunday (December 4), and the Mariners are on the clock. President of Baseball Operations, Jerry Dipoto and General Manager, Justin Hollander have already struck a deal to augment the roster offensively, but recent reports say the two aren’t done ‘transacting.’ There is still work to be done, including adding another corner outfielder, a middle infielder with some impact, and a lefty bullpen arm… say, for Chris Flexen.
Luckily, the Mariners have a few desirable assets on the roster. One rumor with the most traction is that teams have called about backend starters Chris Flexen and Marco Gonzalez ever since last year’s trade deadline. Seattle Times reporter, Ryan Divish unveiled this stalled trade this week.
"Per multiple MLB sources and other reports, the Mariners were working on a potential trade that would’ve sent Gonzales to the Phillies in the days leading up to the trade deadline. Sources and rumors indicated it was a three-team deal that would’ve possibly sent Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo to Seattle."
While the team floated everyone’s favorite crafty lefty in a potential three-way trade that would’ve netted the Mariners reclamation project, Joey Gallo, let’s focus on the most valuable trade chip, a 28-year-old right-hander with four average to above-average pitches.
Here are three possible Chris Flexen trade scenarios that could help fill a hole or two in the current roster.