A source from Prospectinsider.com has reported that the Seattle Mariners have been in talks with an American League Central team. Here is the exact language they used.
"What I dug up/have been told is that the M’s are working on a trade that would rid themselves of either Jarrod Washburn, Miguel Batista, or even Carlos Silva to an AL Central team.
But Brandon Morrow and either Wladimir Balentien or Jeff Clement—or both—might have to be part of the trade, at least as far as I can gather.
Returning would be a young corner outfielder with solid defensive skills and one strong offensive season under his belt, and minor league prospects—at least one pitcher."
If that's not a full on description of Carlos Quentin I don't know what is. I don't have a quote for the other part but it is not just trading for Carlos Quentin but freeing up room in the wallet to sign someone such as Bobby Abreu.
How would the Mariners free up room? This article talks about that as well, trade away Jarrod Washburn, Miguel Batista or Carlos Silva. If this rumor is about the White Sox (It looks like it is) I could see them taking in Jarrod Washburn.
As most trades are the Mariners are going to have to lose someone significant. It's not Felix Hernandez but rather Brandon Morrow. Here is how it looks right now from my standpoint.
Clayton Richard or Brandon Allen
To Seattle for
If Seattle was to receive both Allen and Richard the M's will most likely have to through in Jeff Clement as well. But with Adam Moore coming up fast it wouldn't hurt the Mariners as much.
The Mariners pitching staff would still be solid in a few years with Felix Hernandez, Garret Olson, Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, Philipe Aumont, Michael Pineda, and Juan Ramirez as top pitching prospects. They don't need Brandon Morrow when they have all of them.
Look at the Mariners team if that trade happened and the Mariners signed Bobby Abreu.
C. Kenji Johjima- Johjima had a strong September and coaches are saying he is looking incredibly well coming into the season. Can you say comeback player of the year award?
1B. Russell Branyan- One home run approximately every 10 at bats shows how well he can hit. Don't forget that the Mariners still have Chris Shelton, Mike Sweeny, Mike Carp, Bryan Lahair, and maybe even Jose Lopez to move their if Branyan doesn't work out.
2B. Jose Lopez- A progressing player with the potential to be a .315 25 home run type of a player.
SS. Yuniesky Betancourt- Betancourt had a strong September of batting .343 and will likely produce better knowing his job isn't entirely safe due to the recent addition of Ronny Cedeno.
3B. Adrian Beltre- Beltre played through three injuries last season which hurt his average, speed and his power. Expect his numbers to be coming closer to his 2004 monster season.
RF. Ichiro Suzuki- Ichiro will lead the no doubt best defensive team in the league and you can expect him to stay fairly consistent of 200 hits, 30 steals and a .300 batting average.
CF. Franklin Gutierrez- Jack Zduriencik knows talent when he sees it and since Gutierrez was the player that made the mega trade of December 10 happen expect him to make a name for himself.
LF. Carlos Quentin- In only 130 games Quentin hit 36 home runs. How many could he hit in 162? The math says around 45 home runs. Put that with a potential .300 batting average and you have an MVP candidate on a then stacked team.
DH. Bobby Abreu- Abreu's stats are very intriguing as they should but in a lineup of then Quentin, Abreu, Ichiro, Beltre and Lopez Abreu might be forgotten. Don't under estimate him.
SP. Felix Hernandez
SP. Erik Bedard
SP. Ryan Rowland- Smith
Clayton Richard, Carlos Silva and Garret Olson will be fighting for this spot.
Here is how the offense would look at a quick glance.
C. Kenji Johjima
1B. Russell Branyan
2B. Jose Lopez
SS. Yuniesky Betancourt
3B. Adrian Beltre
RF. Ichiro Suzuki
CF. Franklin Gutierrez
LF. Carlos Quentin
DH. Bobby Abreu
To the Angels: Look out, run away we will catch you and you can't stop us.
Although we would be losing quite a lot we would be getting Aaron Poreda, a better prospect than Morrow and him Aumont, Pineda and Ramirez coming in at the same time will make quite a blast.