(CBS Seattle) – Zachary D. Rymer of Bleach Report looks into how a blockbuster trade to snag the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton could change the Seattle Mariners’ franchise significantly…
There aren’t any credible rumors floating around about Mariners officials zeroing in on Stanton. All we know is that Stanton, 23, has indicated he’d like to leave the Marlins after last fall’s fire sale in which Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, Josh Johnson and Emilio Bonifacio were sent to the Toronto Blue Jays, sending Maimi back into a “rebuilding era.”
Whenever the Mariners have gone out for a power hitter via trade or free agency in the past decade, the result ends with that player never living up to expectations (i.e. Adrian Beltre, Richie Sexson, Brad Wilkerson, etc). The scapegoat has been Safeco Field’s dimensions (a very, very pitcher-friendly park) and Seattle’s damp and heavy air.
Back in October, the Mariners’ front office announced the field would be getting slightly modified, making it a more hitter-friendly environment.
The question we have to ask ourselves now is: Is it safe to try and go land a power hitter again? Rymer suggests the M’s would have to give up some A+ prospects like pitchers Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen or James Paxton.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan