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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The MLB GM meetings are over. Here’s what’s next for the Mariners

The Mariners like both players but have a very high interest in Semien, who fits their needs perfectly. Both players are represented by well-known agent Scott Boras, who also represents the ultra-versatile Bryant.

Sources said the Mariners hadn’t met with the reps for Correa yet. Since Dipoto made it clear that Crawford isn’t going to be moved from shortstop and any middle infielder signing would be asked to play second or third base, the belief is that Correa isn’t a fit. While he did say this spring that he’d be willing shift to third base in his future, sources indicate that posturing isn’t necessarily accurate to his real demands….

It’s uncertain how the lockout might affect trade talks between teams. Dipoto made it clear that they would be interested in acquiring any of the A’s players who are going to be available. Sources indicate the Mariners would love to acquire third baseman Matt Chapman and one of their trio of pitchers — lefty Sean Manaea and right-handers Frankie Montas and Chris Bassitt.

There is still the dream of acquiring Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds, who at age 26 and with three years of arbitration eligibility remaining fits their rebuild perfectly. But past inquiries were met with a starting ask of mega-prospect Julio Rodriguez, which was a nonstarter.

But are those talks dead until a CBA is finalized?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2021 at 03:38 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: November 17, 2021 at 07:04 PM (#6053365)
My first thought was "at his age, Crawford will be out of the way soon enough" followed by "hold on, Brandon Crawford is on the Giants" followed by a bit of head-scratching followed by "JP Crawford?" followed by me finding out JPC has been a better player for the Ms than I realized. Anyway, I wouldn't move him for Semien but I'd move him in a second for Correa. (Whether I want to sign Correa for X/$ginormous is a different question ... but if I did, he'd be at SS.)

As to Correa's "real demands", I take him at his word about being willing to move but assume he's only willing to move in deference to another star SS or maybe some defensive whiz like Nick Ahmed (I don't foresee the DBacks signing Correa). But as I implied above, any team that signs Correa not to be their SS had better have one heck of plan A so the only circumstances he would be asked to move are those he might be willing to accept.

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