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Taijuan Walker is a future ace...and he's available.
Sooner or later, the Mariners will succeed in their attempt to bring a big-time slugger to the Emerald City.
For now, however, the frustration level grows.
Josh Hamilton decided that he preferred the Los Angeles Angels to Seattle, while Arizona's Justin Upton refused to waive his limited no-trade clause to become the focal point of the Mariners offense.
But none of this will dissuade the team from trying to add a big bat.
The team certainly has the players necessary to lure another team into substantive trade talks, especially if Seattle's best pitching prospect, right-hander Taijuan Walker, is still in play.
As CBS Sports' Jon Heyman notes, Walker is kind of a big deal:
Walker, who has been compared to a young Dwight Gooden (h/t Seattle Times), is the kind of young pitcher that doesn't typically become available.
If I'm Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, I'm on the phone with the Miami Marlins talking about a package starting with Walker for Giancarlo Stanton, who, despite Miami's reluctance to trade him (h/t Miami Herald), is clearly unhappy with the state of affairs in South Florida, as he told MLB.com's Peter Gammons.
Whether it's ultimately a deal for Stanton, Upton or for someone else, one thing is clear: The Mariners won't rest until they acquire the bat that their lineup needs.