Lets make a deal
There is no doubt that now as the season has surpassed the 50 game mark, the Seattle Mariners front office is in overdrive looking for deals to be made to take the next step in the rebuilding process.
When it comes to the trade deadline, teams that feel they have a real shot at the playoffs will sacrifice the future of the club for a chance to get their hands on a trophy.
That being the case, those teams are going to look for players that will make an immediate difference.
Looking at the M’s roster, unlike in years past there isn’t a lot there to entice a team to give up a high profile prospect for.
Here are the most likely trade candidates
A playoff bound team could carry his low batting average for the sake of his leather. The M’s have Muneori Kawasaki who is very similar to Ryan who could play for the rest of this year until the M’s find their short stop of the future.
In my opinion though the M’s won’t trade him. Ryan is a clubhouse leader and a great veteran presence. He fits well with the young team. Trading him would be a bigger loss than his defense.
My guess is that this the M’s favorite trade in the works. They have little invested in him and a lot to gain if he can keep throwing the ball well. Teams are more likely to jump and add a mid-level veteran than a high level prospect for play in October.
Veterans keep a calmer head in the midst of the high pressure situations of the pennant race. Kevin Millwood could very well be gone.
I would legitimately be surprised if the M’s actually move Blake Beavan, but he does have some great control that could play well in a team with a good offense to back him up.
I think the M’s see Beavan having a role again next year, but with some high profile pitchers coming up the ladder the M’s should consider what they could get for Beavan come trade deadline time.
Shawn Kelley is a good pitcher with an unfortunate history of injury. A team taking Kelley would be taking a risk to be sure, but he has a strong arm out of the pen that could tip the scales slightly in some of those close races that are bound to happen.
Vargas carries the most value out of any other tradable player on the team. The M’s wont trade their ace, but they could be in a spot to move their number two man, especially with the strong left handed Danny Hultzen on the radar.
Vargas has additional value in his offensive capabilities which make him an attractive pick up to a national league team.
The real question will be in what these other teams will be willing to give up for the chance at a strong and consistent southpaw.
There would have to be some clear wins for the M’s to move Vargas.
There are suitors out there but nobody is going to trade for him because of his contract unless he’s proving something. He’s owed $15 million still. If you cut him you still pay $15 million dollars.
The Mariners can’t up his trade value with him sitting on the bench. I doubt if anyone would pay the M’s anything to help out the contract issues.
Teams are lining up if he is indeed cut, to get him on the cheap. Someone out there thinks he’d make a decent utility player for a playoff run.
Any other names you are thinking right now are not likely to happen so get it out of your mind. Or comment now and when you are proven right you can come back to this post and say I told you so.
I can take it.