John Froschauer / Associated Press A report on Tuesday suggested that Seattle Mariners were willing to trade many of their…
John Froschauer / Associated Press
A report on Tuesday suggested that Seattle Mariners were willing to trade many of their best players for the right return this offseason.
Navy general director Jerry Dipoto responded to rumors later on Tuesday at the General Assembly meeting.
“Clearly overdramatized is the best way to say that,” said Dipoto, per Greg Johns and Maria Guardado from MLB.com. “We are open to ways we can get better, but what we hope to achieve is to reimagine our roster to look at it as regards what is our fastest way to a championship club.
“We know what Astros, Red Sox, A, Yankees and Indians look like. We do not want to be an eternal competitor for the second Wild Card. We want to build a championship. If that means 2019 we’re playing a competitive team like we can when we earmark and collect talent, we do not want to tear our club down. We are only for the talented to do it. “
The Pass allowed announcements because infant Jean Segura has a non- trade clause, and M’s will ask for big hedges in exchange for outfielder Mitch Haniger, starter James Paxton and closer to Edwin Diaz.
Jon Heyman or Fancred later added that it sounds like the Marines will keep Haniger, Diaz and Corp. Marco Gonzales but noted, “Everyone else is grip.”
The mariners missed the final season last season with a 89-73 record, and they have not reached the post season since 2001, which is the longest active drought in the Major League Baseball.
Seattle performed on track to end the drought in the first half of the 2018 season, but a second half of Oakland Athletics finished the march’s season early.
Despite having missed the playoff, the sailors had some hugely productive players on their roster last season.
Offensively hit Segura .304 with 10 home runs, 63 RBI and 20 stolen bases, while Haniger hit .285 with 26 homers and 93 RBI.
Also forthcoming free agent appointed hitter Nelson Cruz hit .256 and led the team with 37 home runs and 97 RBI.
Pitching wise, Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and 208 strikes in 160.1 innings.
Diaz had one of the best seasons ever of a More precisely when he released a 1.96 ERA, he beat 124 over 73.1 innings and recorded an MLB-leading 57 saves.
With 62 records in 2008, Francisco Rodriguez is the only closer to end with more savings in a single season than Diaz.
A name that is likely to come up often in trade speaks this offseason, regardless of whether the sailors tear down roster is former father Felix Hernandez.
Six-time All Star and 2010 American League Cy Young The prize winner struggled through a career’s worst season in 2018, when he went 8-14 with a 5.55 ERA.
Hernandez may not have much left in mind, but he has only one year left on his contract, which could make the 32-year-old a low-fat acquisition for pitching needy teams.
Before the beginning of the 2018 sea son, Baseball America ranked Seattles farming system as the worst in the Major League Baseball.
Given the lack of talent that comes through the pipeline and Seattle’s inability to reach the playoff, a remodeling can be the best way to make the sailors a challenger in the next few years.