All-time Mariners' pitching staff of best players who got away

To close out this 3-part series, we work our way onto the mound diving into the best pitching staff the Mariners could have, and should have, held onto.

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Paul Sewald
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RP - Paul Sewald - (7/31/2023) Mariners sent beloved CP Paul Sewald to Arizona in exchange for INF Josh Rojas, OF Dominic Canzone, and 2B Ryan Bliss in 2023.

We have now reached the most recent, and possibly most gut-punching for fans as of late. In a deal that had us scratching our heads, wondering if we were buying or selling at the deadline, the M's sent the heart-and-soul of our bullpen, Paul Sewald, to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 3 position players. 2 of which will see a good amount of playing time this year, while Ryan Bliss will be looking to crack the Major League roster at some point soon.

This isn't the worst trade on paper, especially given the fact that everything the Mariners Pitching Coaches touch seems to turn to gold. That being said, we did have to watch Sewald in the World Series this past season. As was the case for many players we traded away that are in this lineup. Safe to say all M's fans love Paul and wish him nothing but the best.

Diving into this trade, Dipoto was able to get back a decent return here. Josh Rojas will look to platoon at 3B alongside Luis Urias, while Dom Canzone will see plenty of action in the corner outfield, and provide significant depth in Right Field as Haniger has dealt with several injuries over the years and is only getting older. Ryan Bliss is an intriguing piece as well, even though the Mariners signed Jorge Polanco to play 2B this season.

The Front Office has been able to turn Relievers' careers around the last several years, and they have put together a nice Bullpen yet again this offseason. Only time will tell on this trade overall as to whether or not Paul's best ball is behind him, or if it can continue for years to come.