Seattle Mariners’ shortstop Brendan Ryan would be the first to say that he has not been performing well. Ryan, who is only hitting .143 so far this season, was benched in favor of Robert Andino by manager Eric Wedge earlier this week.
“I’m not playing to my ability, period. And I think what’s frustrated the skipper is that I [should] still remain positive through [my slump], and I’ve gotten a little bit down on myself,” the seven-year MLB veteran told Mariners.com.
Although the Mariners have not given up on Ryan, the shortstop could become available for trade for the right price.
One team that could be interested is the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto’s starting shortstop, Jose Reyes, is currently on the disabled list with an ankle injury that will have him out until around the All-Star break.
Former Mariner Munenori Kawasaki is currently starting at shortstop for the Blue Jays, but he is not seen as a long-term solution.
Ryan would fit into John Gibbon’s lineup very well. He is a solid defensive player that could be a replacement for Reyes until his ankle heals. In Toronto, Ryan will only be relied upon for his defensive ability and will not be pressured to hit for a respectable average.
The Mariners would have a couple of options to replace Ryan if they traded him. Nick Franklin and Brad Miller are two of the team’s top prospects and both can play shortstop. If Ryan stays on the bench one of these two will come up and take Andino’s place after the super two cutoffs in early June.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has not mentioned anything about trading Ryan, but if he is made available, I guarantee Toronto will be interested.