The Mariners Trade Piece

The Seattle Mariners want to deal for impact players this off-season, and as the most highly regarded name in the system, that means that Taijuan Walker's name is going to come up...a lot.

Seattle Mariners' General Manager Jack Zduriencik spoke at length with the media yesterday, and a number of his quotes centered on improving the club this off-season through whatever means necessary.

Seattle Times writer Ryan Divish shared these quotes on Twitter from Zduriencik in regards to trading away prospects:

"You'd prefer not to, but you never know."

"You don't know how you are going to cross that bridge until you have discussions that get very specific."

"We do like our young core group of guys, we like a lot of the arms, but if you have an opportunity to make your ball club better..."

What Zduriencik is saying there is that, in general, none of Seattle's prospects are off limits. What he is saying, specifically, is that the Mariners have to be open to listening on Taijuan Walker.

Walker, the phenom who is just 21 and already has three solid MLB starts under his belt, is -- like it or not -- the most valuable trade piece that the Mariners have in their system. He's young, he's cheap, he's team-controlled for six more years, he's ready for the major leagues and he's very good. So it should come as little surprise to anyone that whenever the Mariners are leaked as being "in discussions" in the trade market for any type of impact piece, Walker's name will come up.

For instance:

Now, we can argue the reasoning behind trading away six years of Walker (plus Nick Franklin, plus another prospect) in return for two guaranteed years of David Price, but the point is that if the Mariners are going to be involved in trade talks with teams for true "impact players" such as Price, the teams they are talking to are going to ask for Taijuan Walker. We saw that it happened last year in the reported vetoed Justin Upton deal, too.

As a site that is more devoted to the minor leagues and the prospects than the big league team, SeattleClubhouse fully understands the value that a young player such as Walker can bring to a franchise. But the fact is that the Mariners have to weigh their options very carefully and consider trading anyone -- even Walker -- if they truly have designs on making major improvements and adding impact players via the trade market.

Walker is THE trade piece for the Mariners. If he can be part of a package to bring back something that Seattle can not otherwise fill through free agency or their own system, Zduriencik must be willing to consider the risk/reward of such a move. That doesn't mean that the Mariners MUST trade Walker -- that is a losing approach. But to mark him as off-limits and refuse to listen to anything involving him could be just as poor of an approach.

Looking for more Mariners news, articles and player interviews? Want to keep up with which prospects are hot and cold for the M's? "Like" SeattleClubhouse on Facebook and follow SeattleClubhouse site Editor Rick Randall on Twitter at @randallball.


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Now, we can argue the reasoning behind trading away six years of Walker (plus Nick Franklin, plus another prospect) in return for two guaranteed years of David Price, but the point is that if the Mariners are going to be involved in trade talks with teams for true \"impact players\" such as Price, the teams they are talking to are going to ask for Taijuan Walker. We saw that it happened last year in the reported vetoed Justin Upton deal, too.

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As a site that is more devoted to the minor leagues and the prospects than the big league team, SeattleClubhouse fully understands the value that a young player such as Walker can bring to a franchise. But the fact is that the Mariners have to weigh their options very carefully and consider trading anyone -- even Walker -- if they truly have designs on making major improvements and adding impact players via the trade market.

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Walker is THE trade piece for the Mariners. If he can be part of a package to bring back something that Seattle can not otherwise fill through free agency or their own system, Zduriencik must be willing to consider the risk/reward of such a move. That doesn't mean that the Mariners MUST trade Walker -- that is a losing approach. But to mark him as off-limits and refuse to listen to anything involving him could be just as poor of an approach.

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Looking for more Mariners news, articles and player interviews? Want to keep up with which prospects are hot and cold for the M's? \"Like\" SeattleClubhouse on Facebook and follow SeattleClubhouse site Editor Rick Randall on Twitter at @randallball.

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Seattle Mariners' General Manager Jack Zduriencik spoke at length with the media yesterday, and a number of his quotes centered on improving the club this off-season through whatever means necessary.

writer shared these quotes on Twitter from Zduriencik in regards to trading away prospects:

What Zduriencik is saying there is that, in general, none of Seattle's prospects are off limits. What he is saying, specifically, is that the Mariners have to be open to listening on Taijuan Walker.

Walker, the phenom who is just 21 and already has three solid MLB starts under his belt, is -- like it or not -- the most valuable trade piece that the Mariners have in their system. He's young, he's cheap, he's team-controlled for six more years, he's ready for the major leagues and he's very good. So it should come as little surprise to anyone that whenever the Mariners are leaked as being \"in discussions\" in the trade market for any type of impact piece, Walker's name will come up.

For instance:

Some GMs hear there is validity to Price for Walker, Franklin, 2d prospect. Others say M's won't deal Walker. Hmmm

— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 5, 2013

Now, we can argue the reasoning behind trading away six years of Walker (plus Nick Franklin, plus another prospect) in return for two guaranteed years of David Price, but the point is that if the Mariners are going to be involved in trade talks with teams for true \"impact players\" such as Price, the teams they are talking to are going to ask for Taijuan Walker. We saw that it happened last year in the reported vetoed Justin Upton deal, too.

As a site that is more devoted to the minor leagues and the prospects than the big league team, SeattleClubhouse fully understands the value that a young player such as Walker can bring to a franchise. But the fact is that the Mariners have to weigh their options very carefully and consider trading anyone -- even Walker -- if they truly have designs on making major improvements and adding impact players via the trade market.

Walker is THE trade piece for the Mariners. If he can be part of a package to bring back something that Seattle can not otherwise fill through free agency or their own system, Zduriencik must be willing to consider the risk/reward of such a move. That doesn't mean that the Mariners MUST trade Walker -- that is a losing approach. But to mark him as off-limits and refuse to listen to anything involving him could be just as poor of an approach.

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