Proposed Deal Sees Rockies Trade All-Star McMahon to Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are looking for offense. Everyone in baseball knows it, and it's only a matter of time before they add some extra run support for their stellar pitching staff. They have a healthy 9.5-game lead atop the AL West Division, but they'll need to have more punch at the plate for a playoff run.

With that in mind, former MLB GM Jim Bowden has proposed a trade that would help the M's at one of the weakest spots in their lineup. Their third basemen are ranked 25th in baseball with a .219 average, and 24th in OPS at .659.

Bowden wants to see the Colorado Rockies loosen their grip on pending All-Star Ryan McMahon and send him to Seattle.

Seattle Mariners Receive:

  • 3B Ryan McMahon 

Colorado Rockies Receive:

  • RHP Emerson Hancock
  • INF Michael Arroyo

McMahon is a perfect fit for Seattle's lineup, as he can play first, second or third and also has a great ability to get on base (.345 OBP), which is something the Mariners can desperately use, as they sit 25th in the majors in that department. 

It should be noted that the Rockies have sent out word that they have no intention of trading him, but some observers would call that "negotiating through the media." It's true that Colorado has been stubborn to trade their best available pieces at the deadline in recent years, but it's obviously hurt them and they need to re-think that policy. 

In this trade scenario, the Rockies would receive the #9 prospect in the Mariners system, Michael Arroyo, who can play all the infield positions aside from first, and is a strong power/speed prospect out of Colombia, currently in A-Ball.

Hancock, 25, had a 2.17 ERA in five starts this season in Triple A, and has had mixed results in Seattle thus far in 2024. He was thought to be the top college right-hander in the Draft class of 2020 and was the No. 6 overall selection by the Mariners. He was their No. 4 prospect behind only Julio Rodriguez, Neolvi Marte and George Kirby just two years ago. That's some pretty good company.

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