One the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings, several Major League Baseball teams have asked the Seattle Mariners about the availability of top prospect Taijuan Walker. More specifically, if Mariners general manager Jack Zdurienick has any intention of dealing the starting pitcher for a big name, such as David Price.
As of right now, Zdurienick and the Mariners appear to have no interest whatsoever in trading Walker, even if that means adding Price to the starting rotation.
“Zduriencik says he understands why teams are asking, but ‘I have no intention of trading Taijuan Walker,’ Mariners beat writer Greg Johns tweeted.
The fact of the matter is Walker has tremendous upside. Not to mention, he has pitched very well in the minors and is under Seattle’s control for many years. He did struggle a bit in three starts for the Mariners in 2013 but that was to be expected.
Obviously, acquiring Price would be a huge step in the right direction for Seattle, especially after the signing of second baseman Robinson Cano. The American League West division isn’t getting any easier, which means the Mariners will have to make multiple moves in order to stay competitive.
I still believe the organization will try to land Price, but as of right now, a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays will not have a package that includes Walker. With that being said, it’s a long offseason and Price doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Seattle could very well realize the kind of impact Price would have in a rotation that includes Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.