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A Tuesday report indicated that the Seattle Mariners were ready to swap many of their best players for the proper return of this offseason.
According to Jeff Passan At Yahoo Sports, the Mariners have told the teams that they will move "almost anyone" when the trading market is strong. Similarly, Seattle is open to reconstruction.
Jerin Dipoto, General Manager of Mariners, later responded on Tuesday at the Directors' meeting with the rumor.
"Obviously, that's the best way to express that," said Dipoto, Greg Johns and Maria Guardado of MLB.com. "We are open to different ways of how we can become better, but what we hope to accomplish." is to rethink our team to see the fastest way to a championship club.
"We know what the Astros, Red Sox, A's, Yankees and Indians look like, we do not want to be permanent competitors for the second Wild Card, we want to create a ranked leaderboard plan when it comes to a team that good to make it as possible and at the same time to win talent, we do not want to tear down our club, we are just too talented. "
Passan adding that there are reservations as Infielder Jean Segura has a no-trade clause, and the Ms will demand in return for outfielder Mitch Haniger, pitcher James Paxton and closer to Edwin Diaz.
Jon Heyman Fancred later added that it "sounds" as if the Mariners Haniger, Diaz and Pitcher kept Marco Gonzales, but remarked, "Everyone else is to win."
The Mariners missed the playoffs last season with a record 89: 73 and have not reached the postseason since 2001, which is the longest active drought in Major League Baseball.
Seattle seemed to be on the right path to end the drought in the first half of the 2018 season, but a surge in Oakland Athletics in the second half put Mariners' season back to an end.
Despite the missed playoffs, the Mariners had some extremely prolific players on their squad last season.
Offensively, Segura beat .304 with 10 homers, 63 RBI and 20 stolen bases, while Haniger hit .285 with 26 homers and 93 RBI.
The upcoming free-agent hit Nelson Cruz also hit .256, leading the team with 37 home runs and 97 RBI.
In terms of pitching, Paxton scored an ERA of 3.76 and 208 losses in 160.1 innings to 11-6.
Diaz experienced one of the best seasons that had come closer as he released an era of 1.96, knocked out 124 thugs over 73.1 innings and recorded an MLB-leading 57 parade.
With 62 savings in 2008, Francisco Rodriguez is the only one to achieve more success in a season than Diaz.
One name that is likely to appear in trade talks this off-season, regardless of whether the Mariners tear down the squad is former ace Felix Hernandez.
The six-time All-Star winner and American League 2010 Cy Young Award winner battled through the worst season in his career in 2018, when he went with an ERA of 5.55 from 8 to 14.
While Hernandez does not have much in his tank, he only has one year left, which could make the 32-year-old a low-risk takeover for pitching-needed teams.
Before the start of the 2018 season Baseball America rated Seattle & # 39; s farm system as the worst in Major League Baseball.
Given Seattle's lack of talent and its inability to reach the playoffs, rebuilding could be the best way to make the Mariners a contender in the coming years.