The debate has raged on in Seattle over the past month. Are the Mariners a team destined to be “buyers” come the July 31 trade deadline. Or, will they be “sellers” and try to revamp their farm system via trades of top veterans destined to become free agents?
Well, we’ve got about a month to go before the deadline. But truly, smart teams have to make “a call” on their status well before then.
So, what are the Mariners going to do?
In my mind, they’ve already figured it out.
Some of it has to do with how the team has been performing. Namely, how it’s held up in spite of injuries to key members of their starting rotation, two of whom, Erik Bedard and Ryan Rowland-Smith, are due back in the second half. Also, how it’s held up in the face of personal tragedies as well as at the start of this nine-game road trip.
Taking two of three from the Dodgers in Los Angeles doesn’t hurt.
But really, it’s about being realistic as to what you could gain from being a “seller” at the trade deadline versus potentially “going for it” in 2009.
Circumstances do play into any decision and they are likely to again this year. Combine that with the pros and cons of being a “buyer” or “seller” in this market and you get what any team hopes is an informed decision.
I could see Miguel Batista getting traded latger next month regardless of the team’s decision. But will it be in hopes of landing some type of prospect? Or, as part of a deal to get another bat into a Seattle lineup that should desperately need it with Adrian Beltre now out at least 6 to 8 weeks because of shoulder surgery?
Click right here to listen to what I think the team has already decided.