It was right here 10 days ago that we floated our idea for a blockbuster deal with the Tampa Bay Rays:
- Roenis Elias
- Nick Franklin
- MLB bullpen arm (Brandon Maurer if necessary)
- Patrick Kivlehan
- Victor Sanchez or Tyler Pike
- Extra guy (I proposed Abe Almonte)
- David Price
- Desmond Jennings
Now comes word that the Rays seem more interested in moving Ben Zobrist than Jennings. Fair enough. Seattle needs a RH hitter, but Zobrist is a switch-hitter who hits quite well right-handed. And he’ll take more payroll off the Tampa books than Jennings would (even though Jennings is hitting arbitration).
And the outline being floated:
- Taijuan Walker
- D.J. Peterson
- Bullpen arm
If we have to go with Walker and Deej, then I wouldn’t want the bullpen arm to be Maurer, and the prospect would have to be a lesser guy than Sanchez or Pike.
For a versatile veteran bat like Zobrist, I agree that you’d have to think hard about including Walker and Peterson, though you’d want to avoid giving up both if possible.
Certainly the ensuing 10 days have reduced the attractiveness of Elias as an alternative, so Walker may be the only way to pry loose Price.
You’d be getting a year-and-a-half of both guys (Zobrist has a $7.5M team option), so it’s not just a short-term rental.
I’m getting used to the idea.
- Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
- Most of the Pacific Coast League infield in the AAA All-Star Game was made up of Mariner shortstops. Chris Taylor played the whole game at short, Franklin played the whole game at second, and Gabriel Noriega started the game at third.
- Taylor was the PCL hitting star: 3-for-4, 2 doubles.
- AA Jackson was shut out, but High-A High Desert went on one of its tears. Wind blowing out at 15 mph. Six different guys hit homers: Jordy Lara, Jabari Henry, Tyler Smith, Travis Witherspoon, Zach Shank and Tyler Marlette. Whew!
- Low-A Clinton got a nice start from Blake Holovach: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K.
- Yordi Calderon had two hits and two walks to help boost Pulaski.
- Rehabbing Nate Tenbrink had two hits for the Arizona rookies, and rehabbing pitcher Jake Zokan (Fear the Zokan!) struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings.