The Major League Baseball Hot Stove season is about two weeks away. For those rumormongers, chatter usually starts five days after the completion of the World Series. That's when Mariner fans start flushing a disappointing 2023 and looking forward to next year with (hopefully) some new additions. There's been much talk about President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto making a blockbuster trade for players like Gleyber Torres, Jose Ramirez, Juan Soto, or even Pete Alonso. Before we get carried away with adding one of these superstars, I urge you to look at Dipoto's trade history.
Dipoto sent closer and all-around great guy Paul Sewald to Arizona for a promising second base prospect, a utility infielder, and a 25-year-old with a solid hit tool at the bottom of the Diamondbacks' outfielder depth chart (Dom Canzone). Four years ago, he traded Robinson Cano and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz for a package of prospects that included Jarred Kelenic. Look back further in Dipoto's tenure, and you'll see him ship Ketel Marte and Tajuan Walker to Arizona for Mitch Haniger, a 26-year-old who was blocked in the Diamondback's farm system. What am I getting at? Dipoto is always looking for controllable assets that might be blocked from getting real Major League service time.