Seattle Mariners: Price for Walker Trade Rumors Won’t Die

Taijuan Walker

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The Seattle Mariners are not trading high-touted prospect Taijuan Walker for Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher David Price. Actually, let me rephrase that. The Mariners do not plan on trading Walker. That is according to general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Such a great word. Plan.

There are a lot of things in life that we do not plan on doing. However, circumstances occur and sometimes our plans go awry. Perhaps I am reading too much into Jack Z’s statement, but if you allow for a certain amount of interpretation, there is still room to get a deal done.

Granted, you can find more definitive statements out there. Consider this recent tweet from Ryan Divish:

 

One can understand the dilemma. If you give up Walker, you are surrendering one of the most highly-regarded prospects in all of baseball. In addition, acquiring Price essentially tells the fan base and the rest of the league that the Mariners believe they have enough talent to win the World Series in the next two years.

Why? Based on Price’s comments, he is not necessarily enamored with the idea of signing an extension with the Mariners. Obviously a player can change his perspective once he gets used to a new team, but that possibility remains.

Now, there is the philosophy of proven quantity versus unknown potential. With Price you have a more realistic possibility of immediate success. Walker is a different story. There is the oft-mentioned  ”upside” that could result in ace-like success at some point. Unfortunately, he could also struggle, get injured or just fail to reach his potential.

Plenty of “top” prospects have not panned out. There are no guarantees, particularly with pitchers. In case you missed it, Mark Prior just retired at age 33. He finished with a 42-29 career record, and unfortunately he spent most of his time on the injured list. Remember when he was going to have a long, sensational career?

Until Price signs an extension with the Rays, these rumors may persist. Based on the signing of Robinson Cano, anything is now possible with this Mariners team. The tone has changed from patient development to aggressive acquisition.

Conventional wisdom says that this is all talk and a deal won’t get done. However, conventional wisdom also suggests that a team like the Mariners does not outbid the New York Yankees and sign a guy to a 10-year, $240 million contract.

Don’t you just love Hot Stove League trade rumors? This one won’t go away, possibly because it could still happen. Plenty of fans hope that it doesn’t.

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Topics: David Price, Mlb Trade Rumors, Seattle Mariners, Taijuan Walker

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  • lee cousins

    Todd, i thought your assessment of this possible trade is right on, i know the Ray’s would want Walker along with others expecting a big haul for him, if it were me trading him i would turn the tables on them and want also a relief pitcher thrown in the deal..

    • Todd Pheifer

      Thank you, lee. I think the Mariners could probably get any number of marquee players if they were willing to give up Walker. The problem is that giving up a potential ace can come back to bite you later on.

      • lee cousins

        Now how’s that go, a bird in the hand, is better than two in the bush, i mean look at the Fister deal, or the Cliff Lee deal J.Z.STILL CAN’T LET GO OF IT,THE KNIFE CUTS BOTH WAYS.

  • Jesse Oglesby

    Trade Mike Zunino, Stefan Romero and Abraham Almonte Instead

  • Jesse Oglesby

    Well sign Tim Lincicum after Prices contract ends.

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