When contemplating the fortunes of the Seattle Mariners, does anyone else wonder if and when the time will come for the team to be buyers rather than sellers at the July trade deadline?
Usually such thoughts lie dormant at least until the month of June, so a few days ago when a friend of mine asked who the M's should consider trading this summer, I honestly thought he was joking.
Unfortunately even when the Mariners seem to enjoy a fair degree of success, it may simply have been the result of the team feasting on weak pitching (USS Mariner). Meanwhile once you get past Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the starting rotation remains very much a work in progress.
So depending on your view of the situation, the idea of the Mariners making a few trades may not seem terribly far-fetched.
Whether or not general manager Jack Zduriencik agrees remains to be seen, yet if the team continues to struggle over the next four to six weeks, whom should he consider trading?
While it's certainly not much fun to throw dirt on the M's this soon, on the bright side, it's nice for once to avoid including Felix Hernandez on this list.
That said, a few of the players I intend to discuss could be in some ways just as upsetting to see given their significance to both the current starting lineup and the team's future plans. The truth is, other teams will likely be interested in their services in the event they need someone who can hit home runs, eat innings or perhaps play stellar defense.
So without further ado, let's take a look at half a dozen players the Mariners could consider as their best trade bait this upcoming summer.