The Seattle Mariners say they aren’t rebuilding, but they are “re-imagining” as they keep their eyes on the future. And that was made especially clear with the trade of ace James Paxton to the New York Yankees. But that’s not the only move Jerry Dipoto has made this offseason. The team also made a trade with the Rays, sending slugging catcher Mike Zunino their way.
However, if you want some of their other pieces, it’s going going to cost you. Those pieces? None other than Mitch Haniger, Marco Gonzales and Edwin Diaz. So table your best offer — because it’s going to take something extraordinary for Dipoto to budge.
“We are going to stay open-minded to anything with a general ‘never say never,” Dipoto told Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times. “With Marco, with Mitch, with Eddie, we would have to be blown away to move players like that.”
That makes perfect sense, of course. After all, Haniger is coming off an All-Star season. He’s hit .284/.361/.492 with 63 doubles and 42 home runs over the past two seasons. Plus, he’ll only be 28 years old in December and is under team control for several more seasons. Diaz, the 24-year-old reliever, just put together his finest season yet. Across just over 73 innings, he put together a 1.96 ERA, 1.64 FIP and 1.77 DRA while saving 57 games. Diaz also struck out nearly 45% of opposing hitters. Like Haniger, he is under team control for several seasons.
Then there’s Gonzales, the former top 50 prospect who’s coming off his finest season yet. He’ll only turn 27 in February, just put together a season of 4.00 ERA, 3.46 FIP and 3.58 DRA across roughly 170 innings of work. He’s under team control for one year longer than both Diaz and Haniger. He struck out 21.1% of opposing batters this past season — a career-high that’s up four ticks from last year.
So technically, these three players are available. But again, it’s at the right price. Look, Dipoto LOVES to make trades. You don’t have to sell him on that too much. He also knows the talent these players possess and the value they bring. So if you do want to call up Dipoto and make an offer, do yourself this one favor.
Don’t waste his time.