Aug 14, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners hat in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Seattle Mariners want to trade for starting pitcher


The Seattle Mariners missed out on the Kendrys Morales sweepstakes, but it appears their bigger need is starting pitching. That’s the word from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal who suggests the Mariners are on the lookout to add another rotation arm.

“While the Mariners were linked to Kendrys Morales, the team currently is focused on adding a starting pitcher, according to a rival executive.

Right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is not yet ready to come off the DL; nor is left-hander James Paxton (lat). However, payroll flexibility remains an issue, sources say.”

While money might be an issue, if the Mariners are able to obtain a solid arm, one has to think they’d be able to do it given the financial backing of the organization.

One thing Rosenthal doesn’t go on to mention is who Seattle is looking to acquire, if anybody at this point. Thankfully there are likely to be a handful of arms on the available market in the coming month or two which could include names like David Price, James Shields and Cliff Lee. There are also lesser name players like Jason Hammel who could be on the market as well and much more affordable both in terms of money and prospects if Seattle is looking to make a ‘smaller’ deal.

Given their rotation, the most likely scenario is attempting to find a fifth starter but it’s within the realm of possability that Seattle could be looking for another anchor alongside Felix Hernandez as well.

For now, it appears their search is in its infancy.

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  • Paddy

    I guess that makes sense, but I’d still like the Marines to be focused on getting better hitting. It might be a long shot, but a rotation of Felix, Iwakuma, Elias, Walker, Young, and eventually Paxton coming back seems like a fairly formidable rotation already. The bullpen has been very good as well overall. I’m not worried about Young because he’s been pitching very well lately, but I really would like to see Walker get into the rotation. Most of all, I’d like to see the Mariners get another bat though. A few of the guys have been playing well lately, but I think adding one more solid bat could take this lineup to the next level.