By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on June 4, 2014
With the Seattle Mariners presently in the hunt for an AL Wild Card berth, the team should be buyers at the 2014 MLB trade deadline. Right now, the trend surrounding rumors involves some big-name pitchers like Jeff Samardzija and James Shields. If Seattle's rotation ever gets healthy, it should be elite. That said, with the recent injury and depleted production of Mariners DH Corey Hart, the club could use a solid bat or two to shore things up.
Young was an absolute beast for the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 ALCS. He slashed .353/.421/.765 across 19 plate appearances in that series, hitting two HRs with six RBI. His right-handed bat may complement Cano's left-handed bat in the lineup, and at only 28, there still may be some life left in it.
Anderson has issues staying healthy, so for that reason and with the promotion of SP Eddie Butler, the Rockies may be willing to sell low. If he can get it together down the stretch, he could be a valuable fourth or fifth starter for Seattle should Taijuan Walker, James Paxton or Chris Young falter. The potential with Anderson has always been high, and in seven career starts at Safeco Field, the southpaw has an impressive ERA of 0.98.
Like Anderson, the ceiling is high for Bailey, but he has durability issues. The Yankees just inked him to a minor league deal. If they're willing to part ways with him Bailey could rehab with Triple-A Tacoma and be in the big leagues by August as a set-up man for the Mariners. With Fernando Rodney turning 38 next season and a free agent in 2016, Bailey (30) could develop into a long-term option at closer for the Mariners.
It's fair to say Headley has probably outstayed his welcome in San Diego. Everyone saw the potential he had during the 2012 season. He could be a strong option at DH for the Mariners moving forward. His career numbers at Safeco Field are not outstanding, but they aren't bad either. In 61 plate appearances, he has slashed .281/.311/.386.
The 2014 MLB season is two months old, and Mariners SS Brad Miller has still not found his groove. Rollins provides a reliable bat, solid defense and could mentor Miller down the stretch. For a team that lacks offensive production at times, Rollins' current line of .252-28-6-22-7 would be a vast improvement over Miller's .173-19-4-15-3 line.
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