1 Trade Candidate from every MLB team that the Mariners should consider

The MLB Hot Stove is underway. With the GM Meetings coming up and the Mariners knowing what they want to change with this team, we look at the best trade target from all 32 teams.

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Diamondbacks - Christian Walker

Christian Walker most certainly isn't going anywhere this offseason. When rumors broke that Geno was going to be headed to Arizona, many though that we could be getting Walker back. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Walker is older at 32, but he is one of the best first baseman in the game. He slashed .258/.333/.497 with 33 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 2023, with gold glove level defense. Adding him to be the everyday first baseman and shifting Ty France to the bench would make this lineup a lot scarier.

Dodgers - Andy Pages

This one was really hard as the Dodgers and Mariners just don't match up well. I could see this in some sort of prospect swap or in a 3 team deal maybe, I don't know. Pages is a solid prospect who has dealt with some injuries last year. Prior to that, he was really good. In 2022 he slashed .236/.336/.468 with 26 home runs. He has a ton of upside but doesn't really fit where the Mariners are at right now, but then again....you just never know with Dipoto and co.

Giants - Lamonte Wade Jr.

Wade really broke out in 2023 and seems like the kind of player, Dipoto would drool over. He doesn't hit for a ton of power with just 17 home runs in 2023, and a .417 slugging percentage. But he hit .256 with a .373 on-base-percentage, fueled by a 14.6% walk rate. He probably isn't a significant upgrade over France, but if you got him to be a DH, you will most certainly get more production than you did from your DH in 2023.

Padres - Juan Soto

Soto is perhaps the best bat to have been available in the trade market in years. We have touched on potential deals before. He fits this team like a glove and there is no denying it. A 25-year-old outfielder with a walk rate, 19%, higher than his career strikeout rate, 17%, is the ideal Mariner. His career slash is .284/.421/.524 with a 154 wRC+. Even on a 1-year rental, this is one of the best bats the game has seen in years, and I would love to add him to hit behind Julio.

Rockies - Justin Lawrence

This was another difficult one as the Rockies don't match up well with the Mariners, but Lawrence is a very interesting reliever. A solid 2023 saw him throw 75 innings with a 3.72 ERA. He posted a solid 9.4 K/9 and a manageable 4.3 BB/9. He would be a really good 3rd or 4th reliever with Topa and would give the bullpen some much needed depth.