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Possible Joey Votto trade to Seattle Mariners intriguing: A fan’s take
A Joey Votto(notes) trade to the Seattle Mariners is making its way through the rumor mills now. The Cincinnati Reds need pitching, the Mariners need hitting, and suddenly a situation develops where two trading partners get linked in the media.
The U.S.S. Mariner started sporting the idea that the Mariners should target Votto instead of Price Fielder from the Milwaukee Brewers back in September. Now ESPN insider Jason Churchill has run with that idea, suggesting that the Mariners might have the right package of players to actually go after him.
Getting someone like Votto would be a huge improvement for Seattle, especially in the heart of the batting order. The cost would be pretty high, though, and it would have to start with pitcher Michael Pineda(notes) as the cornerstone. Pineda has a lot of value now, and he could certainly be something that the Reds would be interested in receiving through a large-package deal.
Seattle might seem like the most likely team to give up a lot of talent to acquire Votto, but it would be interesting to see what Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik would be willing to put on the table. Potential candidates included in the deal might be Brandon League(notes) or Mike Carp(notes), but could also be expanded to draw in someone like Trayvon Robinson(notes). It could also be the case that Cincinnati would want to steal some of the depth that the Mariners' minor league system holds now.
Last year, Votto had 29 home runs, 103 RBIs, and a .309 batting average for the Reds. He played in 161 games, walked 110 times, and had an amazing .416 on-base percentage. Those are outstanding numbers for a guy that is just 28 years old and who has a few playing years in front of him. There would be questions about what to do with Justin Smoak(notes) or whether he will included in the deal, but having someone with those statistics in the middle of the Seattle order would be a thing of beauty.
Let's be clear in that these rumors are just that now, but that something could develop from it when the baseball offseason really begins. Seattle needs offense, and with the front office not looking that much to the free agent market, a trade like this one might make a lot of sense.
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*Ryan is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan who never misses an opportunity to attend a game at Safeco Field. He has been attending games since 1985, and has fond memories of The Kingdome , Edgar Martinez, and the historic 1995 team. Sodo Mojo!
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