Breaking News: Mariners-Red Sox, Close to Blockbuster Prospect Trade?

lars hansonContributor IJuly 22, 2009

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Adam Moore #72 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training on February 21, 2008 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Are the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox closing in on a young blockbuster deal?

Reports from the Red Sox organization suggest that that they are heavily scouting Mariners top prospect Adam Moore who can be the next Matt Wieters or even better having a great bat and great defensive skills behind the plate.

The Red Sox catching situation is getting older by the day. Varitek is getting older and his numbers are going down fast. Their backups are not young themselves either.

So why would it be a blockbuster? The Mariners Adam Moore is just as talented as Sox pitcher Clay Buchholtz and that would be the frame work for a trade.

The Mariners would control Buchholz for another six years and the Red Sox would be able to control Moore for seven plus years.

Most likely the Mariners would throw in OF Wladimir Balentien to make the Sox have more comfort in knowing that they get two players to hold onto for a long time.

Now a trade of Buchholz to the Seattle Mariners for Adam Moore and Wladimir Balentien makes a lot of sense from both teams point of view.

The Red Sox close their catching problem for a long long time with a great young catcher that can hit well and be a great defensively. Instead of trading Buchholz for Victor Martinez for a year-and-a-half.

It also gives the Sox another young talented OF in Balentien, who has a great ceiling and would be a great backup or possible starter in LF if Jason Bay doesnt come back.

Both Adam Moore and Wladimir Balentien can suit up in the majors right now. The only reason Moore is in Triple-A is because the Mariners love Rob Johnson and Moore is fine with being in Triple-A.

It gives the Seattle Mariners a great young starting pitcher for another six years and more if they keep him.

Buchholz can have a great impact right now in the Mariners rotation. Behind Felix Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn, and Erik Bedard, Buchholz would be in great company. Next season if Washburn and Bedard leave, Seattle will still have a great young rotation with Felix Hernandez, Clay Buchholz, Brandon Morrow, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jason Vargas.

So its a great win-win for both the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox.

It would be a better deal for the Sox than Victor Martinez and others because they can keep Adam Moore and Wladimir Balentien for a long, long time.