As we hit our stride in the MLB off-season, things will only get busier as the MLB Winter Meetings are set to begin this weekend. There are many reports that the Mariners are very interested in star Japanese Pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and are waiting to see how their quest to get him unravels. It could build one of the strongest starting rotations ever assembled with Luis Castillo, George Kirby, Yamamoto, Logan Gilbert, Bryan Woo, and Bryce Miller.
If the Mariners were to acquire someone like Yamamoto, it would certainly allow them to move a starting pitcher for a legit bat, most of us assuming they would trade Bryce Miller or Bryan Woo. What teams would be interested in Logan Gilbert? It's probably easier to answer which teams aren't, as most would be interested in a young, legit #2 starting pitcher.
Before we get into this, let me preface this by saying I am very against trading Logan Gilbert and the only scenario I would entertain it is if you signed Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Even then, I might lean more towards trading Miller or Woo. But what could the Mariners get back in a deal where they traded Logan Gilbert away? Let's take a look at 4 teams that could be aggressive and what the Mariners could target in a return.