July 6, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (33) singles in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgersat Coors Field. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Trade Rumors: Can M's Compete with A's?

The Seattle Mariners are currently a playoff team, but it still early in July. That could change.

Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s are leading the American League West. Their position is also not guaranteed, as their lead over the Los Angeles Angels is not exactly massive.

As we approach the trade deadline, there will be plenty of rumors, whispers and speculation. A few deals might actually get done.

Oakland has already made a big move, acquiring pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Whether these will turn out to be monumental acquisitions may not be determined for years to come.

The question is whether the Mariners need to “counter” with a move of their own. Dan Szymborski of ESPN seems to think so in his article titled, “Time for M’s to answer the A’s.” Szymborski’s article includes a number of trade targets, including veteran hitters like Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham.

Trying to keep pace with another team can be a tricky business. The Mariners should explore trade opportunities, but they have to be pursued for the right reasons. You can’t make a deal just to show that you are aggressive.

Morneau and Willingham are both possibilities, and other players such as Alfonso Soriano have also been mentioned. Again, the question is whether a bat represents a major upgrade to a particular position, and what the Mariners would have to give up in order to acquire that player.

Winning the division would certainly be great, but the key is to make the playoffs. If the Mariners can get into the postseason, they have the starting pitching to do some damage. Once the playoffs start, it doesn’t matter nearly as much who finished first in the division. It definitely helps, but the Mariners have to be careful that they don’t give away the farm just to win the division once.

As the weeks pass, these trade suggestions are only going to increase. Morneau remains an intriguing possibility, but he won’t necessarily be available or affordable.

The rumors continue…

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  • Paddy

    I’m concerned the Mariners hitting has been sustainable. The pitching has been fantastic, but if they keep going on runs where they only score 6 runs in 5 games, the pitching will inevitably start to break down as well. The Mariners have been getting good production out of Seager (not recently though), Cano, Jones, and Saunders, but they’re still not getting anything consistent or good from Miller, Smoak, Ackley, Hart, etc. Over half of the lineup is still in bad to terrible shape. Another solid bat will help make a wildcard push more of a possibility.

  • Albin Kampfer

    I agree with Paddy. The Mariners are winning because of pitching. If they do anything, they need to focus on another bat, because their offense isn’t that much better than last year.

  • Ryan Johnson

    I’d Trade. franklin for Tommy Milione, Shane Peterson, Josh Whittaker. Milione could step into the rotation immediately plus he has 3-4more years of control. Shane Peterson is A solid player who could make it to the Majors this year. Whittaker could play in Tacoma until September & we can see what he can do. I’d try to swing a deal that sends Oakland Franklin & Tyler Kelly (There is a good possibility Lowrie won’t be with the A’s anymore &with Lincoln and Kennedy they would have their Shortshop to second base combo add Tyler Marlette. Our Mariners get Milione , Drew Pomeranz, & maybe if we were lucky we could get Jaso back. Although I’d give up all 3 & Pike for Milione & Pomeranz.