That brings me to my first position player. Chase Headley is on the trading block this winter, and there are plenty of team who would love to trade for him. Headley has been improving since coming up to the big leagues in 2007, both at third base and at the plate.
The Mariners are currently in a predicament with regard to third base. They still have Chone Figgins around, who has become a negative impact on the fan community, whether it's his fault or not. He may get the start in 2012 if he's still around, and he may even leadoff since Ichiro might switch down in the order.
Alex Liddi and Kyle Seager also saw time at the hot corner last year, but neither was particularly promising. Headley would be a great solution; he could even turn into a franchise player, even though that's not what Jack Z is on the market for right now.
Headley put up respectable hitting numbers last year despite playing half of his games at Petco Park, where fun goes to die...or is that the University of Chicago? Either way, it is never a fun time for hitters in San Diego.
Headley has not shown an impressive ability to whack the ball out of the park, which is really what everyone in Seattle is craving, but a real hitter mixed into the lineup would undoubtedly be refreshing.
We can expect to see some other competitive teams in the hunt for Headley, but Jack Z should pursue the third baseman to some degree. If for no other reason, just to get the poor guy out of that camo uniform...