The Seattle Mariners are currently a playoff team, but their position is somewhat precarious. A losing streak coupled with a few wins from other teams and the Mariners could again be on the outside looking in.
This is the time of year where teams in contention (or close to contention) start thinking about deals that will “put them over the top” or at least increase their chances of making the postseason. Rumors are, and will be, abundant until the trade deadline passes.
Are the Mariners good enough to make the playoffs? In theory they are, but that depends on health and consistency from a number of players. The pitching has to stay strong, and players like Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager have to keep swinging the lumber.
The problem is that there are a number of question marks. The ongoing health of Logan Morrison and Corey Hart. The bats of Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller. The return of James Paxton and the growth of Taijuan Walker. A weak bench.
All of these issues could resolve themselves or turn out to be non-issues in the coming weeks. Or, the Mariners could find themselves in a situation of regret because they lacked the courage to pull the trigger on a deal.
Unfortunately, trades come with a great deal of risk. Give up too many solid prospects, and a deal could come back to haunt the franchise for years. Stand pat, and miss an opportunity.
Josh Willingham, for example, is a rumored acquisition. Discuss.
The deadline is a few weeks ago, but let us know your thoughts on this poll:
Let us know why you made your selection in the comment section and stay tuned. The rumors will keep coming.