Trade Assets and Ideas: Part 1
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on May 16, 2006
Contray to the skeptical beliefs of many, including those at the Lord Byron levels, the Seattle Mariners have the necessary assets to make impact trades.
But there's a catch. Two in fact.
One is money. Depending on who the bait is, there may have to be a little cash leaving PO Box 4100 with the player in question in order to even out the deal. Or the M's may need to be willing to take on a contract that may otherwise seem a bit unreasonable.
The other catch is that the M's would have to maximize the value of their assets from now until the trades are to be made, and then be willing to part with them when the time comes.
There's only one untouchable, and that's Felix Hernandez.
Another kid is close to that status – Jose Lopez, the team's best player right now.
As I believe I have stated before somewhere, everyone else can be had.
We all know Ichiro is NOT going to be dealt, so discussing that idea is moot. And Kenji Johjima, for similar reasons, is not headed out of town.
Jarrod Washburn isn't going anywhere, not with that price tag.
Adrian Beltre is close to un-tradable – but not quite 100% immovable.
Jamie Moyer has a full no-trade clause as a 10-5 guy, or shall I say a 20-10 guy. Does that mean he should get to pick the team he gets traded to regardless of whether the other club even wants him?
Richie Sexson would be somewhat tough to deal from both ends. He's making a lot of money and isn't hitting these days, but he's also a key in the immediate future of the club. The likely return on the firstbaseman – and his contract – wouldn't likely be sufficient.
For whatever reason, Raul Ibanez appears to be the favorite son of the Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln's of the world, so barring a no-brainer offer, he's not going anywhere, either.
What's that you say? Nobody else on the club has any value?
That's not true. It's just not true at all.
Joel Pineiro has some value. Gil Meche has some value. Yuniesky Betancourt has good value and a cheap contract. Eddie Guardado (remember the catches mentioned above)
Matt Lawton is making beans and can help a contender as a major bat off the bench. Backup catcher Rene Rivera is redundant in this organization because he'll always be a backup here with Johjima and two quality catching prospects around, but there are clubs who think he can turn into a decent starter, particularly for a young club.
And there is some pieces in the minors that can polish off a trade.
What the M's should be looking for:
1. Power – Left-handed, right-handed, whatever. Legit 30+ home run power.
2. Starting pitching – Preferably those whose clocks have either just begun this season, or have yet to be set off.
3. Many other areas such as veteran middle infield reserve, left-handed reliever, right-handed bench bat… but those are a dime a dozen – almost literally.
Tomorrow, the ideas flow in.