2. Trade for Tyler Glasnow
Do the Mariners NEED a starting pitcher? No. But trading or signing one, who is better now than what you have, is a luxury the Mariners can afford. Should they trade for Glasnow or another pitcher, that would free up one or two pitchers to trade for a bat. Mariner fans may not want to hear that, but outside of signing Ohtani or Bellinger, there are no free agent bats who can alter the trajectory of this franchise. That is just the facts.
AS for Glasnow, he would be a 1-year rental. His contract has him earning $25,00,000 for the 2024 season, and the Tampa Bay Rays are not about to pay that to any player. Glasnow came back from Tommy John surgery last season and pitched in 120 innings. He went 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA, and struck out 162 in those 120 innings. Glasnow has been nasty in his career, and adding a true ace like him would make this staff almost unbelievable.
Seattle sends: RHP Emerson Hancock and RHP Ashton Izzi
Tampa Bay sends: RHP Tyler Glasnow
Hancock was good in his debut until he left with an injury and never returned. He will be ready to go come Spring Training, and he still has the prospect pedigree to land a rental-type player. Izzi was drafted out of high school and has pitched in rookie ball. His usage will ramp up in 2024. Izzi is the Mariners #23 ranked prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.