Top 10 trade values and targets for the Mariners at this year's deadline

The Mariners are a few key pieces away from being a real contender, are any of the pieces needed on this list?
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4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (St. Louis Cardinals)

Paul Goldschmidt is not currently having a good year. He has been better of late, but he started off 2024 ice cold. Paul is currently hitting .221/.302/.355/656 with an OPS+ of 89. That is not good, We all know that. Maybe it is just a bad start, and maybe there is still some of that MVP-level production in there. Last year was a down year for Paul, by his standards.He hit just .268, but he still hit 25 home runs, and had an on base % of .363. The Mariners would absolutely take that.

Paul is getting up there in age. He will be 37 in september, and he will be a free agent after this season. With the slow start, his age, and the fact that he will be a free agent, acquiring him would not cost the prospect capital as some of the other names on this list. The problem right now is that the Cardinals are turning their season around. They are still one game under .500, and seven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in their division.

Should the Cardinals start to fall down in the standings again, you have to think they will try and move their players on expiring contracts, Goldschmidt included. Paul can fill in at the DH spot, or take over first base should France regress or get hurt. I tend to think that the Cardinals will sell at the deadline, and Goldschmidt maybe the cheapest, in terms of prospect capital, impact bat on the market.

3. Relievers

Remember how I said before that the bullpen has been inconsistent? The Mariners have plenty of talent here, but too much of a good thing is a good thing. Trent Thornton and Austin Voth have been good, while Ryne Stanek and Gabe Speier have been hot and cold. Adding a reliever or two, who don't need to be Andres Munoz, would go a long way to lengthen the bullpen and give a break to the high leverage guys.

I am using a blanket "Relievers" for this spot because there are so many of them potentially available I could have wrote a whole top 20 piece on relievers alone. Some names I really like for the Mariners are: Kenley Jansen (BOS), Yimi Garcia (TOR), Carlos Estevez (LAA), Adam Ottavino (NYM), Jake Diekman (NYM), Brent Suter (CIN), Lucas Sims (CIN), Erik Swanson (TOR) and Kyle Finnegan (WAS). All of these guys are on teams that are not likely to make it to the playoffs, and are currently on one year deals or have options.

With the exception of Kenley Jansen, none of the other players I mentioned should cost a lot to acquire. Garcia is having the best statistical season out of all of those guys, and old friend Erik Swanson was actually just optioned to the minors. Any of the named I mentioned above would be great fits here in Seattle, and most of them have high leverage experience, should Munoz and co. need a break here and there. We have seen time and time again that bullpens are some of the most important pieces of a World Series contender. There is a ton of depth to be had out there.