There has been a lot of speculation around the MLB regarding Blake Snell possibly being traded from Tampa Bay.
The Seattle Mariners have been one team that has been thrown into consideration.
Although, Snell is from Washington State, the Mariners should stay out of the sweepstakes. Heres why:
The Mariners just finished a shortened campaign due to Covid-19 going 27-33, barely missing the playoffs. This year they saw a few youngsters take strides into becoming what General Manager Jerry Dipoto hoped for. Dipoto joined the club in 2015, although his first first-round draft pick happened in 2016, that player Kyle Lewis, who was named the 2020 rookie of the year. But the Mariners also had two gold glove winners in JP Crawford and Evan White (Dipoto’s 2017 first-round draft pick).
They have three up and coming ace caliber pitchers in Logan Gilbert, George Kirby, and Emerson Hancock. The past three first round draft selections.
They also have top outfield prospects Taylor Trammell, Jarrod Kelenic, and Julio Rodriguez.
These six prospects are the future in Seattle, and we could see each one in the next few years.
In order to get Blake Snell, the Seattle Mariners would have to trade one of their youngsters and it’s not worth it when the Mariners are One and half years away from contending.
The Mariners are actually in need of Bullpen help:
A few options they could go after are Liam Hendriks, Brad Hand, Alex Colome, or Josh Hader.
Last year, Hendriks registered a 1.78 ERA through 25.1 innings with a record of 3-1 with 14 saves. Hendriks was with Oakland.
Brad Hand recorded a 2.05 ERA with 2 Wins, 1 Loss, and 16 saves through 22 innings for the Cleveland Indians in 2020.
Alex Colome who was with the Mariners in 2018, could make his way back to Seattle as he is a free agent, and had somewhat of a career year in 2020. Recording a 0.81 ERA, 12 saves and two wins through 22.1 innings.
Josh Hader would have to be pried away from Milwaukee but they are just giving players away right now. Seattle could probably package a couple of lower level minor leaguers for Hader. A left-handed closer who recorded a 3.79 ERA with 13 saves in 19 innings this last season.
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