Re: Corey Hart
posted at 12/11/2013 5:17 PM EST
I think this is a very solid pickup for the Mariners. They needed a bat behind Cano and they got a good one with Hart IMO.
If there is a team with the budget room, need and win now desire... it is the Mariners. If we do trade Dempster, I think they would be the most likely trading partner.
For what it's worth, the Mariners today also traded for 26-year-old firstbaseman/outfielder Logan Morrison:
Who would the Red Sox want from Seattle for Ryan Dempster (and how much of Dempster's salary would the Sox pay)?
Speculation is that Justin Smoak might be headed to Tampa Bay in a trade.
Taijuan Walker is arguably the best pitching prospect in baseball right now and was rumored to be in trade talks for David Price. That said, the number 8 pitching prospect in baseball also belongs to the Mariners and his name is Donny Hultzen.
To put it in perspective, Henry Owens is number 15 on the list and none of our other pitching prospects are even on the list at all.
If we traded them Will Middlebrooks along with Dempster we get a great prospect and shed enough payroll to sign Drew back and bump Xander to third and he backs up short. We have much more depth at third in the minors than short stop righ now. They get another very good bat for the lineup that they can control for years and they can sell that move to fans IMO.
If we could get either of those guys, especially Walker we would also have to toss them back some more prospects... but we have a lot of guys right now and only so many spots on the big club.
Ryan Dempster, a 36-year-old with a 2014 salary of $13.25 million, may have a negative trade value while Will Middlebrooks has a questionable MLB future because of his low on-base percentage, high strikeout rate and low walk rate. The Mariners would have no place for Middlebrooks with the more talented Kyle Seager holding down thirdbase.
Those two Red Sox won't bring back a great prospect, certainly not Taijuan Walker or even injured lefthander Danny Hultzen.
Can't argue with that logic. I forgot about Seager who lead the team last year in oWAR by quite a bit. He also lead the team in OBP even though it was only 338... so my line of thinking was that they needed offense and didn't care about OBP so much...
That said, the Mariners have some very good pitching prospects... this list is from November, but I trust fangraphs more than most sites. They list 7 pitchers in the top 10... but I like the shortstop Chris Taylor myself. We don't have any MLB ready depth behind Xander right now in the minors or second base. We would be in big trouble is Xander or Pedroia got hurt as it stands right now. This would minimize the pain.
I would not mind getting some SS depth with trading for Chris Taylor since he is blocked by Nick Franklin and Brad Miller. He is patient at the plate and is an above average short stop as well as second baseman defensively. Something we lack in our system unless you consider Marrero the same.... that said, Taylor is a much better hitter and is also in AA.