3 Mariners players that could be traded by Opening day
#1: Chris Flexen
I feel bad for Flexen. After struggling with the Mets and heading to the KBO to reinvent himself, he's done nothing but pitch well since coming to the Mariners in 2021. He essentially made 52 straight starts before being relegated to the bullpen. It's not like he was struggling either, as you can see from looking at his stats as a starting pitcher with the team.
2021 - 179.2 IP, 3.61 ERA, 5.8 IP per start, 31 starts, 1.252 WHIP
2022 - 117 IP, 3.92 ERA, 5.6 IP per start, 21 starts, 1.368 WHIP
SP with Mariners - 296.2 IP, 3.73 ERA, 5.7 IP per start, 52 starts, 1.298 WHIP, 108 ERA+
Reliever - 16.2 IP, 1.62 ERA, 1.02 WHIP
Yet, he's been in trade rumors since last year's deadline, and it's surprising that he is still with the team. First, we thought he was going to Toronto for Teoscar Hernandez. Then, we thought he was going to Milwaukee for Kolten Wong. Chances are, Chris Flexen will get moved in a Spring Training deal and end up donning a different jersey before the start of the 2023 season.