The Mariners are in unsure territory as we approach the 2017 Trade Deadline. If they do make significant moves, who will be in new uniforms this year?
While the Mariners overall record as of before the Oakland game Saturday night (42-46) sets them up as sellers, their movable pieces might not be so movable. A team in strict rebuild mode would try and unload expensive veterans who still have enough value to other clubs to bring in a hoard of top-level prospects.
The Mariners certainly have several veterans who still hold value for a contending club to buy for a few months to put them over the top, but many of those players are under contract for several years beyond 2018, making their price exorbitant for most teams unless General Manager Jerry Dipoto agrees to pay part of their remaining salary.
Second baseman Robinson Cano would normally be one of those veteran players on the trade block for a rebuilding team. With the American League Wild Card race slipping away from the Mariners at the moment, perhaps Dipoto will look to next year and beyond.
Considering that Cano is signed with the team until 2023, still under his massive ten-year deal he signed in 2013, third baseman Kyle Seager is signed until 2021 (although I stand by the possibility he could be moved), shortstop Jean Segura recently signed an extension, and that The King Felix Hernandez holds questionable value for other teams with his struggles in 2017 even if he was on the block, there are only a few other candidates who could be on their out of Seattle before the Trade Deadline on July 31st.
Let’s take a look at a few players who may or may not be available to other teams, whether the Mariners buy, sell, or stand pat this trade season.
First, a small Twitter poll revealing the attitude of over two dozen Mariners fans:
Pessimism for this year with a strong whiff of uncertainty.