The Seattle Mariners are fun again. (You don't have to reread that...you read it right the first time.)
After a weekend series with the best team in baseball (the Philadelphia Phillies), which ended with a 2-1 series win and a 2-0 final game win for the Mariners, Seattle fans have more to cheer for than Ichiro and more games to come out for than the ones being started by Michael Pineda and Felix Hernandez.
Reading around the web the past few days, I have come across a large contingent of writers/fans that have all drawn the same conclusion: The Mariners are winning now, but they don't have all of the pieces to win for the future.
That's probably true, but a lot of the "fixes" seem to center on trading away the good players the team has right now (Felix, Ichiro, Franklin Gutierrez, Erik Bedard) for nothing more than prospects.
Lets get one thing out of the way right now: Trading Felix Hernandez for prospects (and only prospects) in order to build for the future is an asinine proposal. Felix is barely 25 years old, just won his first Cy Young and is possibly the best pitcher in the major leagues not named Roy Halladay. He's already a veteran in his sixth year in the bigs and is signed to a very team-friendly contract—and did I mention he's probably the best pitcher in the major leagues not named Roy Halladay?
Teams don't get better by trading away players who are top-three at their position, barely over the age that a lot of prospects make their debuts and are just entering their prime for prospects.
Here are a few deals that are probably not going to happen but would help the team build for the future without sacrificing the present.