Welcome! Everything is fine.
Multiple baseball sources have said that the Mariners will be willing to trade multiple players on the roster in an effort to infuse young talent and start culling a roster bloated with payroll. James Paxton could be the most likely to moved. https://t.co/ICcJMHPVAP pic.twitter.com/r8cMC9oyvR— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) November 6, 2018
And when I say that I want you to understand everything is not fine. Not. Fine. This news took the baseball world by storm today, a few days before the GM meetings. And Divish’s sourcing is always very good, but if you needed more, it wasn’t lacking:
Sources: The Mariners are considering a full-fledged teardown this winter. If trade market is strong, they’ve told teams they’re willing to move just about anyone. And if that happens, they have indicated they’re willing to wait a few years to build a competitive team again.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 6, 2018
Source confirms the Mariners are open to moving pretty much anybody on their roster. “They’re going to blow it up,” the source said. @JeffPassan was first on Seattle’s potential plans.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 6, 2018
If you haven’t paid attention, there’s been a lot of talk about what a teardown looks like and why it’s necessary. So let’s save that; Divish also gives an excellent rundown of who could be moved and why in his full article. The big news here, undoubtedly, is that this is something the Mariners are now actively pursuing, whether they end up following through or not. Maybe the biggest news is Divish’s assertion (he didn’t write the subheadline, but asserts it later on) that Paxton will be traded:
Multiple baseball sources have said the Mariners’ best starting pitcher will be traded this offseason. Seattle has made it clear they are looking to move Paxton.
Now, “multiple baseball sources” doesn’t mean they’re within the club, though that’s a reasonable bet given that Divish is a beat reporter. But the strength is noteworthy. In a pitching-weak market made weaker by top talent with qualifying offers attached, Paxton is likely the team’s most valuable asset from other clubs’ perspectives, and his agent (Boras), age (30), years of control (2), and injury history (repeated) reduce his value, relatively speaking, to Seattle right now.
One last piece of information is that, right now, Edwin Diaz may not be on the table. Given the role he played in keeping Seattle afloat, that seems at least defensible to me, even in a retool-level of rebuild.
Sounds now like Mariners intend to hold onto Haniger, Diaz and Gonzalez. Word is: “Everyone else is up for grabs.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 6, 2018
So here we go. Clear payroll with trades, then sign Bryce Harper! It’s all happening!
Had I the Yankees’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of Boston and Houston and the half-light;
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Trade softly, Jerry, because you trade on my dreams.