By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on July 20, 2014
The Seattle Mariners have been one of the most surprising teams in all of baseball this year, with a 52-45 record after an extra innings win over the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night.
Rumors surrounding a potential trade for Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price have come to the forefront recently, and the Mariners could be fairly active as the trade deadline nears regardless.
Here are five Mariners that should be dealt before July 31.
Bloomquist's versatility carries value, and he's hitting .275 over 120 at-bats this season. That said, he's also 36 years old and could be a solid trade chip if another team seeks a super-utility man.
Chavez is hitting .265 with two stolen bases in 39 games as an extra outfielder for the Mariners so far this year. At age 36, he may have more value elsewhere with regular playing time likely to remain hard to come by in Seattle's outfield.
Morrison missed time with a hamstring injury earlier this season, and he hasn't done much (.222, five home runs and 16 RBI) when he's been in the lineup. With Justin Smoak back healthy after being out with a quad issue, Morrison's playing time may dwindle quickly unless the Mariners want to try to showcase him for other teams.
Franklin has spent most of the season in Triple-A, and he struggled during his stint with the Mariners (.128 batting average in 47 at-bats). Franklin could easily be a part of any trade Seattle makes, particularly with Tampa Bay for Price and/or Ben Zobrist, and he's young enough (23) to garner interest on the trade market.
Wilhelmsen had 53 saves for the Mariners in 2012 and 2013, but his ERA jumped to 4.12 last year. He has rebounded this year, with a 2.35 ERA in 35 appearances, so the Mariners can't be blamed if they look to sell high on him. Add in three years of arbitration eligibility coming after this season, and Wilhelmsen may carry extra appeal to other teams.
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