MLB Trade Deadline: AL West roundup with Rangers, Angels, Astros wishlist, A’s and Mariners for sale

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Tuesday, August 1, is a massive day in Major League Baseball as it is the MLB trade deadline. We know who is who this year. Now the winners are buyers, the losers are sellers and it’s the front office’s time to shine. Let’s check in with the AL West, who is being sold, and the buyer’s wish lists.

Selling the AL West: Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners find themselves in an unfortunate place as the trade deadline approaches. After breaking their postseason drought last year, the team had hoped for another competitive season in 2023. However, they currently sit with a 53-51 record (.510), placing them fourth in the American League West. With the playoffs seemingly out of reach, the Mariners are considering their options, including potential trades that could help them build for the future.

The Mariners’ President of Baseball Operations, Jerry Dipoto, recently discussed the team’s tough position, acknowledging that they have not separated themselves in a meaningful way to be aggressive buyers. Dipoto stated that they may need to decide whether it is better to make a push for the current season or to position themselves for the following year better. While the team’s chances of making the playoffs are not great, there is still a possibility, particularly in the Wild Card chase.

One player who has generated trade interest is closer Paul Sewald. According to The New York Post and MLB Network’s Joel Sherman, the Mariners believe Sewald could attract a high price in a pitcher-hungry market. As Sewald enters his final year of arbitration next season, the team may consider listening to offers for him.

Sewald has emerged as the Mariners’ go-to closer, recording 21 saves in 45 appearances. He boasts an impressive 2.91 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP this year. However, with pitching depth in the organization, including the presence of Andres Muñoz in the bullpen and promising prospects like Prelander Berroa in the pipeline, the Mariners may feel that they can afford to part ways with Sewald.

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