No matter what happens this year, the Mariners are building and playing for 2010 and beyond.
While the roster isn't particularly loaded with top-tier talent, Captain Jack and Co. can rebuild this roster pretty quickly by letting go a couple of these guys.
Its a Billy Beane move, throw away your season that’s going nowhere anyway in order to compete in the future. I think Z would be wise to take said road.
With these trades and the talent coming to us in the draft, the barren wasteland of a farm system we have now can become rich a plentiful with budding stars.
In the draft we get Dustin Ackley, Tanner Sheppers and Steven Baron with our top three picks.
Add these trades in and it would equal one of best June/July's in Seattle Mariners history.
The Jays are currently trying to keep up with the likes of the Sox and Yankees as well as the Rays in the east.
Their offense is nothing short of explosive, yet there pitching leaves much to be desired. I have a feeling they'll give up some very valuable prospects to get aforementioned Erik.
The Deal: LHSP Erik Bedard to TOR for RF Travis Snider, SS Justin Jackson, LHP Marc Rzepczynski.
Snider is an absolute masher and easily the prize of the deal. Amazing raw power from the left side and a pretty advanced approach at the plate.
His uppercut swing means he's likely to struggle early, but when he hits, he hits a long way. His defense is nothing special but he does possess plus arm strength.
Jackson is above average defensively but below average at the plate. He's going to walk and strike out a lot, but he's only 20, so he has time to plug some holes. Marc Rzepczynski has a low 90's fastball and decent off-speed, most likely going to top out as 3-5 starter.
If we have to drop Jackson, then that would be fine. In fact, I'm mostly interested in Snider.
Although reluctant to let go of Snider, Toronto makes this deal on the basis of trying to recreate what Sabathia did for Milwaukee.
The Brew Crew had an offense with little backup. Sabathia brought hope as well as a guaranteed good outing every fifth day.
Both are left handed and strike out a lot of hitters with devastating stuff. Bedard is Sabathia 2.0.
In this deal the M's acquire a future LH No. 3 hitter for a decade or so, another SS to battle it out with any of the others we obtain to be Betancourt's replacement, as well as a LH 4 or 5 starter.
Russell is one of my favorite 2009 Mariners, but if we can get a decent return on him, he's 33 and needs to go now while his stock is high.
The trade: 1B Russell Branyan and CF Endy Chavez to ATL for LHP Cole Rohrbough and RHP James Parr
Cole Rohrbough will be the new Erik Bedard, only he needs to prove himself against higher level competition and figures to only be No. 2 starter, not a No. 1.
I wasn't able to dig up much on Rohrbough, so if you can find more accurate stuff, please let me know.
But from what I have collected, his fastball is in the low 90's with movement and the change is almost identical to his fastball when coming out of his hand.
His best pitch is his knuckle curve that he controls extremely well. Has generally good command and mound presence.
Things to watch out for are his alarming XBH rates, especially as he moves up the ladder. Also he's had injury issues in the past.
James Parr is nothing special. Just your average 4-6 starter. He's a C prospect.
Atlanta makes this deal because they need some extra hitting to help out. With the numbers Branyan is throwing up this year in the AL, they should translate to even more success in the NL.
They are also willing to give up Rohrbough because their farm system is incredibly deep and could take a couple Rohrbough-sized hits.
Also they need better defense in center, so Endy is back in the NL East.
Seattle makes this deal because we get Rohrbough for a 33-year-old first baseman who won't help us in 2-4 years when we are actually fighting for something higher than third.
The White Sox are currently in a four-way battle with everyone but Cleveland for the division. While they're pretty average at both hitting and pitching, they've been trying to acquire Bedard for some time.
In this scenario, he's on Team Canada, so Kenny Williams gets a left-handed compensation, also from Seattle.
His name is Jarrod Washburn.
The Trade: LHSP Jarrod Washburn to CHI for 1B Brandon Allen
Allen is the classic lefty big power/ high strikeout hitter. He does draw walks, and he is pretty quick for his sides, and should swipe 10-20 bases a season.
His defense is sub par, even for a first baseman, so a move to DH could be in his future.
He also has had some trouble handling the off speed in his career, which may hold him back from All Star potential.
Nevertheless he profiles to be a least an above average hitter, and with the short porch in right at Safeco, his homer numbers will increase.
Chicago makes this deal mainly because Kenny Williams has the reputation of a win-now GM, and with the weak AL Central, that is very possible.
Allen is blocked by Thome and Konerko. Washburn adds depth in the rotation and has been pitching very well this year.
This deal may need to be put on hold simply because Beltre just can't seem to figure it out for more than a few games at a time.
However, the Cards have a good sized hole at third, and we're in need of prospects.
The Deal: 3B Adrian Beltre, 2B Jose Lopez and cash to STL for 2B Skip Shumaker and OF Daryl Jones.
This deal works for both teams. The Cardinals get a powerful bat that will protect Albert Pujols in the lineup, the cash to level out his contract, and because his numbers will inflate in the NL, pretty high draft picks when he scurries off to the Angels in the off-season.
The Mariners get to dump the deadweight Lopez for a patient lefty who will take his walks and hits lefties and righties very well. He can also play a little D.
Daryl Jones is blocked by Colby Rasmus long term in CF in St Louis, but here, at spacious Safeco, he can use his above average speed and range to take the "Death to flying things" torch that Gutierrez will pass down.
His offensive value is based on potential, however, but if he can learn to walk more and strikeout less, he'll be okay.
The Yankees need help in their bullpen. It's too bad they stoop to Batista's level, but that just means more prospects for us.
The Trade: RHRP Miguel Batista to NYY for RHSP Zach McAllister
This is kind of a low risk/mid reward trade for the M's. They unload Batista and his contract and pick up a future back of the rotation starter.
McAllister throws his fastball low 90's with some movement, and his slider and change are both average- above average. He should push Pineda and Ramirez if nothing else.
If he fails, we got rid of Batista so its kind of a win anyway.
The Yanks get some bullpen help they sorely need (one of the bottom five 'pens in the league).
While Batista may not be the whole answer, he can be a start to it. Kinda a mid-risk/mid-reward trade for the Yankees as well.
The year is 2013, the M's just won the division with the following lineup....
CF/RF Dustin Ackley L
LF Michael Saunders L
3B Carlos Truinfel R
DH Travis Snider L
1B Brandon Allen L
C Adam Moore R
SS Justin Jackson S
CF/RF Daryl Jones S
2B Skip Shumaker L
Felix Hernandez R
Cole Rohrbough L
Tanner Sheppers (Draft) R
Michael Pineda R
Marc Rzepczynski L
Closer: Phillipe Aumont (Think how much he'd dominate along with Josh Fields and Brandon Morrow)