Earth to Seattle Mariners: Jeff Clement Is Still a Top Prospect; Don't Trade Him

Shanan H.Analyst IMarch 26, 2009

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 04:  Jeff Clement #9 of the Seattle Mariners in action against Team Australia during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 4, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

This is my second article dedicated to my good friend, Ben Brown

In his article, Seattle Mariner Fans: What Do We Do With Jeff Clement?, he stated that Clement was the "odd man out" for the Mariners, referring to the position of catcher and first base being filled on the Mariners roster. 

Ben did say, however, that DH could be a good spot for Clement.

What does Ben want to do with Clement, even though DH is still open?

Trade him.

To the Red Sox.

What happened last time we traded a catcher like this to that team when they had an aging catcher?

Two words.

Jason Varitek.

He was the Mariners' Christmas gift to the Red Sox, along with Derek Lowe.

So, why do it again?

The reward would be Justin Masterson or Clay Buchholz

Buchholz has fallen apart and will never be the same.

Masterson, I kind of like.

Of course, other teams need a catcher, or a new catcher to replace their old ones in a few years.  However, those teams won't put up enough for them.

Jack, keep Clement for now.  The kid is a first-round pick and is not worth anything any other team would put up for him.

Let the kid grow, and maybe he can play third or DH.