Step 2: Trade Bryce Miller, Gabriel Gonzalez and Perlander Berroa for Randy Arozarena and Blake Rasmussen
With Snell completing one of the best 1-4 rotations (not including a healthy Robbie Ray), Seattle is now in a position where they can afford to trade a white hot prospect like Bryce Miller or Bryan Woo. The league is desperate for young, controllable starting pitching and this is something the Mariners have in spades. As much as I love the guy. We're going to capitalize on this market, flipping Bryce Miller, a top 100 prospect in Gonzales, and a talented bullpen piece for the "Cuban Missile"
Randy Arozarena is one of the more underappreciated stars in baseball. As a rookie during the COVID 2020 season, Arozarena became the star of the bubble playoffs, smacking 10 home runs en route to an ALCS MVP and a World Series berth. Since that epic first act, Randy has been nothing but a consistent steady star in Tampa Bay.
In 2023, Arozarena slashed .254/.364/.425 with a 120 OPS+ while he made it to Seattle for his first ever all-star game. Since Randy has broken onto the scene, you can confidently pencil him in for 140+ hits, 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases. While his doubles dropped precipitously (41 to 19), his walks had as equally an aggressive climb (46 to 80).
Arozarena brings a swagger and energy to the ballpark and clubhouse that I believe this team desperately needs to add more of. He may not bring the level of impact that Shohei Ohtani or Juan Soto may bring, but he's the type of player this team needs in April and in October.
Not just a throw in, I also really like the long-term addition of Puyallup, WA native and product of Mead High School in Spokane, Blake Rasmussen. Another dominant Tampa Bay reliever, Rasmussen was exceptional in his 8 appearances, going 4-2 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.3 WAR. Dominant when healthy, Rasmussen unfortunately missed the majority of 2023 due to needing UCL surgery, likely putting him out until the middle of 2024. Under contract through 2027, I like the long-term play here as Rasmussen in September and October could be a massive weapon out of the pen.