Jul 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Trade Rumors: David Price for Taijuan Walker?

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You are the general manager of the Seattle Mariners and the phone rings. It is the Tampa Bay Rays, and they are offering David Price for Taijuan Walker in a one-for-one swap. Do you do the deal?

Whether this deal materializes or is even discussed remains to be seen. The Rays don’t have to trade Price, but this may be the time where he has the most value. He is healthy, pitching well and has a season and a half left on his current deal.

So, worst-case scenario you trade for Price and then possibly trade him next year at the deadline. If only it were that simple.

For the Mariners, this represents a dilemma. Price is a known quantity. He is an ace, a proven star and a game-changer on the mound. Pair him with Felix Hernandez and you might have the best pair of starters in all of baseball.

The problem is time. Baseball, like other sports, is all about deciding between the needs of the moment and the possibilities of the future. Realistically, Price may not want to stay with the Mariners beyond next year, and even if he did, he would be extremely expensive.

Walker represents “the future,” whatever that means. If Walker blossoms into the star that everyone hopes he will be, he could be an ace for the next decade.

Decisions, decisions.

If you focus on the present, you think hard about doing this deal. Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano are not going to be stars forever. At some point this franchise has to make a serious run at a World Series.

If you focus on the future, you put your trust in Walker’s ability and hope that King Felix, Cano, Kyle Seager and Walker can thrive in a multi-year window that starts this season. That would obviously be ideal, but there is no guarantee that Walker will develop.

In the end, this deal may not materialize simply because some other franchise may overpay for Price’s services. There are plenty of teams out there that would be willing to give up the farm for a player like Price.

So let us ask you, the people, would you do this deal?

Would you trade Taijuan Walker for David Price?

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Let us know why you made your choice in the comments section. In the next couple of weeks, you may find “Walker” and “Price” showing up in the same headline.

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  • ImaMsFit

    All I have been reading is we need bats. Do we really need a pitcher? Walker is getting better and should be in the lineup soon. We have more than Felix anyway. Kuma isn’t too bad and neither are the combos out of the bullpen. I say we continue to shop for a bat or two. We have some long in the tooth DH guys that probably won’t be back next year and then there is Smoak….

  • jay

    In a straight swap Walker for Price, I would say yes. One simple reason, he is ready now and this team is winning now. Walker could be the future, but he may not. If we get Price and make a run it is all worth it. If we falter, yes we look to deal him next year and hopefully get one of those teams willing to give up the farm to get him. That is, if it were a straight one for one deal, but that is not going to happen. The Rays would be crazy to listen on a 1 for 1 swap.

  • Albin Kampfer

    No, he doesn’t want to play in Seattle.

  • Adam Salazar

    You only trade Walker if it makes you better for years to come; no rentals. Are we one player away from the pennant? No? Then you can’t trade the future for a guy who’s two years from free agency. If you are getting a player like Tulowitski, with 6 years on his contract, then yeah, you can cough up Walker.

  • Pieter Weir

    Trade our best young pitcher for a one year rental, since we can’t afford him next year, when we have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball right now and are also in need of a big bat. Hmmm. Come on people. This will never happen without a big bat as well at minimum.

  • Steven Northrup

    You trade Walker for Price and it should take you a nano second to say yes. Price is signed for another year. So in the off season you can trade Price and recoup what you lost. This isn’t a hard decision if the phone rang on this offer.