After a few trades in the last 24 hours, the Seattle Mariners are officially sucking again, and they do not even have fond memories of the last playoffs to keep them warm to be worth several years of reconstruction. A series of aggressive immediate-profit issues, or at least temporary flashes of aggressive immediate-profit spending, which began with Robinson Canó's $ 240 million contract in 2013, culminated with a fourth place in three 3rd AL West rankings. and a second place, leaving her behind the Wild Card. And now this leads to a rapid dismantling of this roster.
The end of Nelson Cruz's contract and the trading of James Paxton with the Yankees signaled the team's intention to retool, but the recent two deals made it clear that the Mariners I have gambled away every pretense in next season's games to win, and instead keep an eye on the mostly barren farm system with an eye on the controversial years. First, Edwin Diaz and 36-year-old Canó were sent with the star closer to the Mets, along with $ 20 million in compensation for Cano's salary in exchange for the fragrant short-term contracts of Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak and a pair of Mets & # 39; better prospects. There was news today that the team Jean Segura and a pair of major relievers of the Phillies for J.P. Crawford, Carlos Santana and a fascinating project called … what? Ken Rosenthal says Crawford and Santana are there but that seems impossible.
All three of these professions, including the Paxton Trades, are a bit depressing in the way a certain type of forward-thinking baseball trade, in which a team that tries not to win, is taken away by a team that is, will tend to. While the Marlins are unlikely to reach the high bar of shamelessness last season, Seattle's recent dealings are still a potentially fun team, raising a big white flag, at least for 2019. Undoubtedly, the Mariners' plan did not work, and it was unlikely that the team would not only compete with elite American League teams such as Astros, Red Sox and Yankees, but even A and possibly Angels in their own division. Still, it's annoying to see that the team is looking for a cheap, rash way with minimal effort, rather than finding parts that could help them entertain the fans now. Even the players who could help the team next season – Santana is a world-class frontrunner and Bruce was only in 2017 – have obviously just gone through until the team can find a way to beat them for new prospects.
Maybe it's just because they made the deal with the Mets who could beat their logo on a 747 and view it as worthless garbage, but the Canó / Diaz deal seems to be the smartest of the three at first. With Canó, the team freed themselves from an aging ex-superstar – one whose thug still showed pop in 2018, but also one who only played half a season because of a failed drug test. In his four full seasons with the Mariners, Canó had two spectacular and two solid years behind him, but the team never met the expectations of his huge deal. With a cost of $ 20 million and some self-esteem, they have just renounced payment for Canó's inevitable career decline.
The price of this trade is Edwin Diaz, a 24-year-old seamstress who broke out with 57 savings last year, 15.22 swings per 9 and 0.79 WHIP. The Mets needed relief – they still do – and Diaz definitely fills that void. Diaz is working on a very favorable contract for the time being, but due to his impressive counting statistics, he will quickly become expensive through arbitration. He was electric in the majors but his track record is not long – just 191 innings over three seasons or as much as a great starter in one – and there are no guarantees for relief pitching.
But if so, then the combination of cutting costs and gathering prospects for the trade – the Mets sent Jarred Kelenic, last year's sixth overall win and top pitching prospect Justin Dunn – to Seattle in the deal – you can see if the Mariners take a calculated risk, the other businesses seem less promising. Paxton has been excellent if he is healthy enough to perform, and it is a nasty thing to send him to a Yankee team that has already won 100 games last season. At 30, however, and entering the final year of its contract, its value for Seattle, however, was only of value to diminish. As with the Mets deal, the Mariners got a fair view of him – lefty Justus Sheffield, who is now likely to be the team's top perspective. As with Diaz, the team sold on a pitcher who would be number two in almost every other team in the league. Sheffield has promises, but to make up for this deal, the Mariners would probably need the 22-year-old to stay healthy and have at least a 4.0 WAR season before escaping team control. This is not a safe bet for a young pitcher, let alone one who scored less than incredible AAA scores of 8.59 K / 9 and 3.68 BB / 9 in last season's AAA numbers.
Compared to these two offers The Segura trade we just went through is unforgivable. Purchased after a monster season with the Diamondbacks in November 2016, Segura did not quite repeat the highs of that year when he hit .319 and beat 20 homers. But he was a decidedly above average thug who hit at least 300 points in his two seasons with the Mariners, beating double digits, and he has played a very good defense. He's barely 28 years old, and a team-friendly expansion will keep him under wraps for the next ten years. Replacing him and a few helpers – James Pazos was solid last year, and Juan Nicasio was much better than his 6.00 ERA would mean – because the return they got is for anyone who gets Mariners tickets this year buys a middle finger.
Santana is unlikely to play a meaningful Seattle game, though its value is likely to ease off once he's released from his glove. Crawford is the "train", but it is also something of a figurehead for the idea of prospective fatigue. Crawford is a former top player who is hard to beat in the upper minors. He is, however, an early 24-year-old with an average of 2114 in 72 league games. He has room to improve, and he could do it, but many things must be right to give the Mariners what Segura did. There is a reason for him to keep his initial cost down, but to give up a better player in his prime, let alone a player in the same position and under contract until 2024, it could be a little too much.  The Mariners would not win the World Series in 2019. But a lineup with Canó, Cruz, Paxton, Diaz, and Segura is like seven cool Mariners who could thrill fans all summer long. There may now be two – starter Marco Gonzales and outfielder Mitch Haniger – depending on what new outfielder Mallex Smith looks like. Seattle is also not finished and has discussed the Haniger trade, if the right offer comes to it. The same goes for third baseman Kyle Seager. Or, frankly, Dee Gordon or Wade LeBlanc or anyone else who could give Seattle fans a reason to get noticed this season.
The Mariners management might give the fans the chance to become the next Houston Astros, but they are still a successful tank job and a few successful designs that fail to take this case seriously. The truth is, deliberately making a team go bad, hoping to hit the jackpot with some kids somewhere nearby, does not require real skill or bravery. Shamelessness is enough, and it should at least be enough to give GM Jerry DiPoto a little more time to do whatever he does. Felix Hernandez did not give his life for this shit.