Mariners Acquire: Devin Williams, Christian Yelich and $35 Million
Brewers Acquire: Gabriel Gonzalez, Jonatan Clase, Michael Arroyo, Evan White, and Marco Gonzalez
This trade is getting pretty unhinged, and I don't think there is any way the Mariners would want to participate in this trade. Stanton doesn't want to take on bad contracts for the long term, and Dipoto really likes his prospects.
For this proposal I tried to follow the Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano/Jarred Kelenic trade as closely as possible...it was difficult. The Mariners get an elite reliever with control as well as an aging bad contract, but productive hitter, plus some cash to cover some of that contract. The Brewers take on a bad contract to mitigate some costs while getting a sort of lottery, while also acquiring a very solid prospect group.
In the Cano deal, the Mariners got Kelenic and Justin Dunn, both top 100 prospects. They took on a few players and their contracts and paid $20 million in Cano's deal. In this trade, they send Gabriel Gonzalez, Michael Arroyo, and Jonatan Clase, as well as send the Evan White contract to the Brewers. Gonzalez is a top 100 prospect and Arroyo and Clase are both very solid prospects with high upside.
With the cash the Brewers send to the Mariners, it would cut Yelich's salary down to about $20 million per year. With unloading Evan White and Marco Gonzalez's contracts, it would also save the Mariners $27 million over the next 2 years. In this exercise, I am going to assume the Mariners elect the club option for 2029, to get Yelich to waive his no-trade clause. Factoring the 6th-year option, Marco Gonzalez and Evan White's $27 million gone, Yelich's contract essentially becomes a 6-year deal worth $88 million total, an AAV of $14.67. That is a lot easier to swallow than the 6 years and $150 million left.