It’s not just the Diamondbacks who might tear it all down. Jeff Passan is reporting that the Seattle Mariners my throw in the towel, trade off assets and rebuild.
The Mariners won 89 games in 2018, but got leapfrogged by the Athletics for second place and finished 14 games back of the Astros. With a relatively barren farm system and some aging stars, Passan says they could be willing to deal “just about anyone.” Their biggest trade chits would be James Paxton, Jean Segura, Edwin Diaz, and Mitch Haniger. Dealing them would certainly bring a haul.
It would also totally depress Mariners fans and constitute yet another team in what has become Major League Baseball’s Tank-a-Palooza. But such are the current incentives in the game. As Passan says, the M’s are good, but they’re not good enough, and that’s a really tough place to be in.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.
With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.
On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.