(1090 The Fan) – Believe it or not, you can actually pick out a few positives out of the sub par Mariners season so far: Felix hasn’t let the pressure of a massive contract change his approach, Kyle Seager is developing into a stud and Jason Bay’s million-dollar contract isn’t as bad as many of us thought it would be.
But a unique positive — one that may get past us when we watch games like last night’s beating in Anaheim — is that Seattle, a team destined to finish among the American League’s worst clubs, actually has a handful of players that can garner a decent return in a deadline deal.
The problem with the 2012, 2011 and 2010 clubs had been that when the trade deadline came, there usually wasn’t more than one player to sell off. In 2010, it was Cliff Lee. In 2011, it was Doug Fister. Last year, it was Ichiro Suzuki. For 2013? There are plenty.
Unfortunately, as Todd Pheifer of the Bleacher Report points out, Aaron Harang and Brendan Ryan aren’t on anyone’s wishlist. However, Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse, Oliver Perez and Tom Wilhelmsen definitely have the extra talent a contender may be lacking.
Pheifer says Ibanez, Morales, Morse and Perez would be the easiest to move because they’re all affordable and are all having good seasons. Morales is the only one of the batch who would be demanding a big contract after the season’s over (thank you Scott Boras). So in Morales’ case, teams would have to decide whether or not a potential rental situation is worth forking over a couple prospects.
Read Pheifer’s entire article: Breaking Down Every Seattle Mariner’s Odds of Being Moved at the Trade Deadline
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