It looks like the Mariners don’t believe their bad run in May is a fluke.
One executive told MLB Network that Seattle is “trying to trade everyone.”
That includes Dee Gordon, Ryon Healy, Edwin Encarnacion, Tim Beckham and Mike Leake.
Mariners are deep in sell mode. “Trying to trade everyone,” as one rival put it. Beyond Bruce, also talking about Encarnacion, Healy, Gordon, Beckham, Leake, etc. Talks said to be “ongoing” with Phillies on Bruce.
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 1, 2019
ESPN reported on Saturday, the Mariners have already been in discussions with the Phillies on a deal for outfielder Jay Bruce.
So it appears the sell off is about to begin.
After starting the season 13-2, Seattle finished the month of April 18-14 and May at 25-35. That means the Mariners have posted a winning percentage of .363 since April 11.
Only the Orioles, Royals and Marlins have played worse baseball all year long.
Before the year the Mariners sold off many of their assets including Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. They also dealt Ben Gamel to the Brewers and Mike Zunino to the Rays.
Despite that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto came into the season confident the team could be competitive.
“We don’t think we should be taken shortly,” he said, via ESPN 710 in Seattle. “We also don’t think we are a powerhouse. Obviously some things have to go right for us, especially with the Astros in our division. But this is a good team that if things break right we have a chance to be an exceptional team. Minimally we feel like we can be highly competitive and then find out where we need to help in terms of acquisitions as we go along.”
The team was competitive for a good portion of the season to this point it just hasn’t worked out overall. So now Dipoto is looking like he will move on and will continue his push to get the Mariners back into the postseason.
Seattle currently has the longest active playoff drought in the four major sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) having not made the postseason since 2001.