ANAHEIM, Calif. — Lots of questions Thursday morning on twitter — mostly about trade possibilities — prompted this long-form Q&A.
You can also check out our story on the Mariners’ search for a right-handed bat. It will appear in Friday’s editions, but it’s available now online.
The Mariners also made some roster moves today and indicated right-hander Taijuan Walker is likely to get a few more starts at Tacoma before returning to the big leagues. That’s in our latest notebook. It’s also online.
As for your questions, let’s get to it:
@marinermike_206: Why would we try so hard for Byrd when he obviously doesn't want to be here?
What makes you think Marlon Byrd doesn’t want to be in Seattle? He’s negotiating.
Give Byrd and his agent credit for identifying two clubs, the Mariners and Kansas City, that might come looking for a right-handed bat at the trade deadline. That’s why they’re in his no-trade clause: For leverage.
@taylor_tv_: Which one trade candidate do you see as most likely to land on the M’s?
Long-term? I’ve long thought Kansas City DH Billy Butler was the likeliest fit. The Mariners have liked him for a long time.
That doesn’t mean it will happen this month.
Consider this: Butler has a $12.5 million option for next year that the Royals are unlikely to pick up. That means he will be a free agent this winter.
There aren’t that many fits for a true DH. The Mariners could sign him, probably for less than $12.5 million (maybe a lot less) and not give up anything in trade.
Of course, that doesn’t help their efforts to reach postseason this year.
@ztibbitts: What's the chance of the Mariners trading for Derek Jeter? Yanks unlikely to re-sign him, might be motivated to move him.
Does your mommy know you’re on her computer?
@geauxkew: Realistically, when do you see the Mariners making a move, and what do you expect them to do?
Everything I hear, from inside and outside the organization, is that general manager Jack Zduriencik is pushing hard to make a move. So, yes, I think something gets done.
@wrightcarson11: could you see the mariners possibly trying to trade for trumbo, goldschmidt or both? Getting 2 RH power bats?
Those two guys would fit great into most any lineup, but that’s approaching pipedream status.
@aaamackay: Do the Mariners trade Taijuan Walker if Tampa Bay gets serious about dumping David Price?
Oh, I think so. But it would take more than Taijuan Walker.
@jordan_torres27: Who are these "sources" I keep hearing about and where can I get a few?
In your case, it seems I am. So stay right here.
@trevord_34: Hearing anything about Mariners and Ben Zobrist?
They like him, he’s available, affordable and would be a nice fit. But that’s true for a lot of teams. There might be no player who draws more interest over the next few weeks. That means the price will probably be pretty stiff.
My pal, Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports, says the Mariners are trying to pry Zobrist and Price from the Rays. That would be a blockbuster. It bears watching, though. JP is one of the best in the business.
@mrw_24: Would Seattle try and make a move for both butler and byrd?
I could see that happening — which is not (not!) the same as predicting it will happen. Two right-handed bats would go far to balance the Mariners’ lineup.
Those two guys are both available…so, yes, it’s possible. A lot of tumblers would have to fall into place, though.
@killswitchtd92: are Mariners looking at trading for a better leadoff hitter or guys that bring in runs?
The overall goal is to boost the lineup’s run production. Anything that does that is on the table. But the overriding preference is to find a right-handed bat with pop to slot into the middle of the lineup.
@mattkries: is there anyway they can just increase the buyout amount instead of guaranteeing the 8M?
For Marlon Byrd? Sure, the Mariners could make that counter-offer. It’s a negotiation. (Assuming it gets that far; a lot had to happen before the sides get to that point.)
Whether Byrd would agree to that…who knows?
@nwsbq: Is Michael Saunders injury prone? Cursed? Full of bad luck? Canadian?
My experience, as a big hockey fan, is Canadians are tough. But there’s no question that Saunders has been on a bad run of late.
@bigduck1015: is kemp to seattle even still a very slim possibility?
I’d say that’s a good way to characterize it: Slim. Not impossible, though. The Mariners like Kemp, he could be a good fit, and the Dodgers have an excess of outfielders.
All that said, the contract is considerable in terms of money and years. That’s a lot of risk. Plus, the Mariners would likely have to surrender some real talent.
@panteraritual: is Blake still rehabbing with high desert?
Right-hander Blake Beavan was just moved to Triple-A Tacoma to continue his rehab assignment from shoulder tendinitis. The injury surfaced after an April 15 start at Texas,
@phillysports125: Can the Phils get Paxton back for Byrd?
Am sure they’d like to. Can’t imagine that happening.