By now, it's no secret that the Texas Rangers will likely be the team to win the American League West this season. But the Seattle Mariners sit just 4.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot, and with plenty of games left to be played and moves to be made, the M's can still be contenders.
Seattle possesses one of the deepest and most talented farm systems in baseball. In a few years, names like Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Nick Franklin will be in the big leagues and making themselves known to baseball fans everywhere.
Trading away prospects for veterans is always a risky move for general managers, as, oftentimes, the young players traded away turn out better than expected (i.e. Adam Jones, Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera).
With a little over two months until the July 31 trade deadline, Jack Zduriencik needs to assess the minor league teams and figure out who will have value on the trade market in terms of acquiring a player who can help Seattle make the postseason.
Here are five prospects the Mariners should use as trade bait.