The Seattle Mariners are not a name that has been popping up a lot when it comes to MLB trade rumors, but it felt like just a matter of time with the 41-year-old Raul Ibanez still on the roster.
Apparently that time is now.
According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, the team has to begin weighing whether or not to move the extremely effective and popular veteran as he is sure to be a hot commodity on the open market:
The toughest decisions will be whether to trade Ibanez and/or Morales. Ibanez has been marvelous at the plate this year; couple that with his reputation within the game as a great clubhouse presence, and he’s certain to be coveted by numerous teams. But whether they’d be willing to give up more than a mid-level prospect for a 41-year-old player is another question — and would that be enough for the Mariners? They might decide that Ibanez’s presence with their own youngsters and his fan appeal — not to mention his bat — might warrant keeping him. Ibanez has enough stature that the club could well consult with him to find out his desires, and whether a run at another World Series appeals to him.
Ibanez is an obvious trade candidate as contenders will flock to his abilities. He also likely wants another shot at a championship. The Mariners are not exactly in a position to not act as sellers this year, either.
This will all come down to whether the price is right. Ibanez is immensely popular but does not offer much in the long-term. A few solid prospects should do the trick if you are Seattle.
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