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Mariners Do Not Sign Bryce Harper, Do Consider Teardown

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It looks like the good place til you realize Safeco just has frozen yogurt now

MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
just launch my hopes and dreams into the stands, james
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Welcome! Everything is fine.

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:

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.

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.