I was commenting on someone's article the other day and came across a very reasonable proposal. The proposal would bring Josh Willingham to the Seattle Mariners in a trade before the deadline.
What would it take for Willingham to become a Seattle Mariner? A source says that Washington is very interested in receiving pitching in return for Willingham, seeing as how they lack in the pitching department:
Willingham, who turned 30 this season, is still a very solid, consistent bat who plays left field. He is due to make just under $3 million this year, and the Mariners just unloaded Yuniesky Betancourt's contract of $2.3 million to the Royals. Willingham is currently batting .294 with 13 home runs, 29 RBIs, a .414 on-base percentage, and a slugging percentage of .564 in 211 at bats.
I believe he would be a very good addition to the Mariners line-up, which is awful when it comes to offensive production. He is relatively cheap for the kind of game he brings to the table . I am not sure if the Mariners are willing to give up any pitching prospects, seeing as how they aren't exactly rich in pitching either.
Although the Nationals have said they would prefer pitching in return for Willingham, I believe Z could work out a deal to acquire Willingham. Although Saunders will be brought up soon, Willingham could provide a bat right now in left field for the remainder of the year on a low salary, and then exit stage right.
In my opinion, Josh Willingham brings the kind of bat which I believe the Mariners need, that is if they do decide to buy. It looks as if they might go down the path of not one or the other, but both. They may end up making trades which can help now but also set up the future.
It will be extremely exciting to see what Z will bring to the Seattle Mariners in the next couple of weeks. I personally hope to see either Willingham or someone else who can stroke the ball well.