Amor Actualidad - MLB trade rumors: As Mariners seek to end playoff drought, how do they approach trade deadline?

The last time the Mariners reached the postseason, Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs, Sammy Sosa had 160 RBIs and Randy Johnson struck out 372 batters.Oh, and Ichiro Suzuki was a rookie. So, yeah, it’s been a while.MORE: Orioles can offer more in trades than just Manny MachadoThe 2018 Mariners are in position to qualify for October for the first time since that memorable 2001 season, when Seattle won an MLB-record 116 games but lost to the Yankees in the ALCS. That was the third time in seven years the Mariners’ playoff run had fallen short of the World Series by one round, a failing that was the source of much frustration.Seventeen years later, Seattle’s source of frustration is a bit different.No team has been away from the postseason longer than the Mariners in any of the four primary profe sional sports in North America. The Buffalo Bills held that distinction until they qualified for the NFL Asdrubal Cabrera Jersey playoffs last season, their first trip since 1999. In baseball, the Royals snapped their 28-year skid in 2014 and the Blue Jays ended their 21-year drought in 2015.Entering play Tuesday, the Mariners are 54-31, a half-game back of the Astros in the AL West. They’re in the second wild-card spot, a game-and-a-half behind the Yankees but eight games ahead of the A’s, 11 ahead of the Angels and 11.5 up on the Rays.If the Mariners get the wild-card spot, they’ll face the second-place team from the AL East the Yankees or the Red Sox (barring a crazy collapse, of course). That would mean facing Luis Severino or Chris Sale, which would not be fun.MORE: Phillies, Dodgers may be top suitors for MachadoBut after 17 years without a taste of the playoffs? Facing an opponent’s ace is a problem the Mariners and their fans would welcome with open arms. Ideally, though, they’d catch the Astros no easy task, obviously and claim the division title and the automatic entry into the best-of-five division series, a scenario that’s vastly preferable to the win-or-go-home wild-card contest.So what should general manager Jerry Dipoto an exec who has never shied away from making a deal do between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline? He’s already pulled off one big deal, acquiring reliever Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span from the Rays in late May.The Mariners have been linked to Cole Hamels, the veteran starting pitcher with the Rangers. Hamels has an outstanding postseason track record, you’ll recall. He was, after all, the MVP of the World Series, but that was back in 2008. In his most recent playoff start, he wasn’t able to make it out of the fourth inning, in Game 1 of the 2016 ALDS for the Rangers.The #Mariners have two key advantages in pursuing a Cole Hamels trade: He is not able to block a deal to Seattle, as per the terms of his no-trade clause, and the Mariners (unlike the #Yankees) aren’t in danger of incurring luxury-tax penalties. @MLB @MLBNetwork Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 29, 2018He’s 34now, and it’s fair to wonder exactly where he would fit in Seattle’s rotation. The lefty has a 4.05 ERA this season, but his FIP is 5.00 and he’s allowed 20 homers his career high is 28 in 102 1/3 innings this season.Felix Hernandez has the worst ERA of the five in Seattle’s rotation, but the franchise icon is not getting dropped to the bullpen. James Paxton is locked in, Marco Gonzalez has a 3.77 ERA in 17 starts and Mike Leake has a 2.22 ERA in his past eight starts. Wade LeBlanc has been better than expected, no doubt a 3.09 ERA in 11 starts since moving into the rotation and the M’s will ride him as long as they can.So https://www.metsedge.com/new-york-mets/mike-piazza-jersey it’s fair to think the interest here is more on the Texas side, and that the Mariners are just having a conversation. Dipoto has lots and lots of conversations. The Mariners have been connected to Toronto lefty J.A. Happ, too. His ERA is similar to Hamels’ (4.03), but his other numbers have been much better (3.65 FIP, 14 homers).Bringing in another no-doubt No. 1 or 2 starter makes sense. Problem is, there aren’t many of them on the market this year, and the Mariners aren’t the only ones in that market. Also, Seattle’s farm system isn’t exactly flush with the type of prospects that fit the offer you can’t refuse trade proposals.MORE: The 11 most memorable deadlinedeals since 2000Contenders can never have too many bullpen arms, but the Mariners’ relievers have been pretty good as a group. Edwin Diaz has been amazing as the closer, and we mentioned the addition of Colome. James Pazos and Chasen Bradford have been solid, and Roenis Elias is a multiple-inning arm. Dipoto won’t rest, of course.Position-wise, they’re set at shortstop (Jean Segura), second (Dee Gordon), third (Kyle Seager), first (Ryon Healy), DH (Nelson Cruz) and right Michael Conforto Jersey field (Mitch Haniger). Mike Zunino has struggled to hit for average, but he’s entrenched at catcher and has 12 homers. Ben Gamel has a .300 average and 121 OPS in 56 games, mostly in left field.They will certainly explore outfield upgrades. Guillermo Heredia took over center field duties when Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games and Gordon shifted to second base, but Heredia hasn’t been good at the plate lately. After a solid start to the season Heredia had a .298 average and .843 OPS through the end of May he’s tailed off dramatically, batting .150 with a .403 OPS in 90 plate appearances since the start of June.With Dipoto calling the shots, we don’t know what will happen. We only know that something will happen as the Mariners make their postseason push.

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