Trade Assets and Ideas: Part 2
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on May 18, 2006
After watching the first two games of the Seattle Mariners' series in Oakland, it's easy to see that the club is in need of a little of everything.
There's not enough good pitching, there's not nearly enough good hitting and there's not even a reasonable amount of managing that doesn't resemble that of a robot.
We'll gang-tackle the manager another day.
But the offense and the starting rotation are certainly not strong enough to lead the M's to contention deep into the season.
With power hitting and quality starting pitching the top necessities for the M's, it seems easy to fix – on the surface. After all, recognizing the problem is the biggest step.
Unfortunately, every team in the league is either in need of better hitting and starting pitching, or they have just enough that they aren't going to be willing to part with any of it.
So the Mariners have to be aggressive, overbearing and smart about restructuring the current roster.
With Felix Hernandez and Jarrod Washburn in place, 40 percent of the rotation is set for the next few seasons. But Gil Meche is a free agent at year's end and Joel Pineiro is scheduled to be the most expensive arbitration-eligible pitcher in baseball after making $6.3 million this summer.
Jamie Moyer has no business getting another multi-million dollar paycheck from the club.
I scoured the rosters of each team in the league and even dipped into the minors for a look, and here's the starting pitchers I came up with that the M's should consider over the next seven months.
Remember, If Daisuke Matsuzaka is posted, the M's will go after him with all guns blazing. That would leave two rotation spots to fill, and I'm not looking for an ace or No. 1 starter. I have to be reasonable in my search here. Teams aren't going be dealing away proven frontline starters, especially the relatively cheap sort.
I'm on the lookout for either medium-risk, high-reward pitchers that will accept a 1-2 year deal for Gil Meche money, or pre-arbitration pitchers that qualify as low-risk, medium-to-high reward.
I'd prefer not to add any over the age of 30-32, but a short-term deal for the right arm is fine.
Free Agents/Potential Free Agents (options)
Tony Armas, RHP – Was
Randy Wolf, LHP – Phi
Jason Jennings, RHP – Col
Tim Redding, RHP – ChiA
Horacio Ramirez, LHP – ATL
Chris Young, RHP – SD
Brett Myers, RHP – Phi
John Patterson, RHP – Was
Dave Bush, RHP – Mil
Oliver Perez, LHP – Pit
I'm just looking for a little promise, youth and a 30HR upside. The outfield is where I start and end the search.
Carlos Lee, OF – Mil
Aubrey Huff, OF/DH – TB
Jermaine Dye, OF – ChA
Aaron Rowand, OF (T-Opt) – Phi
Austin Kearns, OF – Cin
Ken Griffey, Jr., OF – Cin
J.D. Drew, OF – LAD
Elijah Dukes, OF – TB (AAA)
Gabe Gross, OF – Mil
Tomorrow, I'll suggest some actual trades and explain the availability of the above players and what it might take to acquire them.