So as I was wrapping up with some radio stuff this afternoon, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick sent out this tweet.
After losing out on Melky Cabrera and probably successful avoiding signing Alex Rios, it’s logical that the Mariners need to make a move to shore up right field. After few calls, there is some hints that the Mariners are indeed close to finalizing a trade in the next few days. But before you go all crazy about Justin Upton, Ian Desmond, Carlos Gonzalez or whoever, I was told the trade is not a “major” deal. The M’s have been firm in not wanting to give up top prospects all offseason, I’m guessing that hasn’t changed. A big trade would take big prospects.
Not sure what is a “minor” deal. But I have not heard any names. I’ve been told it isn’t Marlon Byrd which had been suggested. Crasnick heard it was a right-handed hitter and it isn’t any of the normal names mentioned. It is not Dayan Viciedo either. The Mariners have little interest in acquiring a player that the White Sox will likely have to DFA.
There was a report from Jason Churchill that the Mariners were the “mystery” team in a brewing three-way trade with the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays that would send outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres. He kind of backed off that tweet in subsequent tweets.
Talked with sources close to the Rays and Mariners and another baseball source all said that Seattle is not part of that trade whatsoever. So you can forget about that deal.
We are still in the silly season. Something like Crasnick’s tweet can set off a chain reaction of craziness. I had people speculating it was Troy Tulowitzki for Brad Miller and Danny Hultzen.
San Diego outfielder Seth Smith is a name that has been rumored and that could be a possibility in the next few weeks if this Padres deal for Myers gets done. The Mariners like Smith in perhaps a platoon role if needed.
I’m still checking in with some sources to see what the deal may be. But so far, nothing has been mentioned.