With a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, the Seattle Mariners ended a brief road trip with 4-2 record, taking two out of three from both the Reds and the Texas Rangers. But they still sit 12.5 games out of the American League West lead with a 39-49 record, so another year without a postseason berth is coming barring an unforeseen turnaround.
The Mariners have turned toward some younger players in prominent roles over the last few weeks, so it’s fair to say multiple veterans could be dealt between now and the trade deadline at the end of the month. Brendan Ryan may be near the top of the list of players general manager Jack Zduriencik will be looking to move, but should any contending teams have interest in the veteran middle infielder?
Ryan is an excellent defensive player, but he is hitting just .199 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 221 at-bats (70 games) so far this season. His spot in Seattle’s every day lineup had come basically by default with no obvious better options around, but that appears to have changed with rookie Brad Miller starting six games at shortstop since being called up in late June.
A contending team that needs an infielder to serve mostly as a late-inning defensive replacement could have interest in acquiring Ryan, but he has no place in the every day lineup of a team that has any real playoff hopes. I think Zduriencik will be challenged to get anything noteworthy in a trade, and the Mariners may have to pay some of Ryan’s remaining salary ($3.25 million for this season) to help facilitate a deal, but any acquiring team would not have to take on a bad contract since he is slated to become a free agent after the season.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.