Mariner Trade Value
Last year, I did a post on players trade value across MLB, an idea stolen from Bill Simmons annual NBA trade value article. The basic gist of the idea can be summarized like this; if a team called you and asked for a player in return, who would you rather give up? Service time, salary, and performance all factor into the equation.
In essence, who has the most trade value in the Mariners organization? We’ll count down the top 25 in reverse order. Because this is what we do during the all-star break when you take real baseball games away from us for four days. Jerks.
25. Steve Uhlmansiek, LHP
Working his way back, mostly throwing well. Could be a breakthrough guy in ’07.
24. Greg Halman, OF
A younger, better version of Balentien. Has less value around the league, but more to me.
23. Wladmir Balentien, OF
He’s an all-or-nothing prospect, but his power is legitimately rare. I’d cash in before he busts.
22. George Sherrill, LHP
Lefty one out guys aren’t tough to find, but good luck finding one this tough on LH hitters.
21. Jeremy Reed, CF
His stock has tumbled a long ways. Hasn’t adjusted to majors, looks to be on the outs.
20. Justin Thomas, LHP
Better stuff than other southpaws in organization, missing bats like crazy.
19. Emiliano Fruto, RHP
Stuff is good, command is not, results are mixed. Needs to take a step forward.
18. Mark Lowe, RHP
Transformed himself from a thrower into a pitcher in less than a year.
17. Francisco Cruceta, RHP
Fantastic waiver claim a year ago. Command needs work, but stuff is good enough to help team.
16. Matt Tuiasasopo, SS/3B/RF
Organization has pushed him fast, but it would be nice to see results eventually.
15. Ryan Feierabend, LHP
Makes the most out of average stuff. Scouts love his make-up and approach to pitching.
14. Shin-Soo Choo, OF
Does everything well enough to play in majors, none of it well enough to start regularly.
13. Gil Meche, RHP
His value will likely never be higher, but ironically comes when club needs to keep him the most.
12. Raul Ibanez, LF
What a weird, weird career path he has taken. But we’re enjoying the fruits of that.
11. Chris Snelling, LF/DH
Every time he’s healthy, we get excited. When he gets hurt, we cry. Please stay healthy.
10. Brandon Morrow, RHP
With future rotation totally up for grabs, organization is hoping he comes fast.
9. J.J. Putz, RHP
Hurts me to have him this low, but closers are easy to find. But man, he’s good.
8. Rafael Soriano, RHP
Still has the potential to move back to the rotation at some point.
7. Jeff Clement, C
How badly could this team use a guy who can hit .280/.400/.500? He might be that guy.
6. Kenji Johjima, C
Already an above average catcher and signed at way below market value.
5. Adam Jones, CF
Establishing himself as the premier prospect in the organization.
4. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Hard to find another league average shortstop making as little as he is.
3. Jose Lopez, 2B
All-Star second baseman at age 23, doesn’t make anything for several years.
2. Ichiro, RF
If he was willing and eager to play center field, he’d be untouchable.
1. Felix Hernandez, RHP
Obviously, he’s not going anywhere.
Guys who have value to the team, but not value in the trade market, include Richie Sexson, Adrian Beltre, and Jarrod Washburn. While the team would be instantly worse if they were removed, let’s be honest, we’d gladly unload their contracts if we could.