We all know what is coming. The Oakland A’s impending teardown has been written about so much that it is the baseball version of beating a dead horse. However, almost every day, there are new rumors about teams being interested in various players on the A’s roster.
The Seattle Mariners have been a constant part of those rumors. It is known that general manager Jerry Dipoto covets several players that the A’s could make available; he has said so himself. As such, it is not a surprise that the Mariners reportedly have a high level of interest in several members of the organization – specifically Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt, Frankie Montas, and Sean Manaea.
Seattle Mariners eyeing Oakland A’s for upgrades
The Mariners have a need at the hot corner for the first time in over a decade. Kyle Seager, their long time third baseman, had his option declined. Chapman’s powerful bat and excellent glove would be a perfect fit in their lineup if the Mariners could pry him loose.
Seattle is also looking to upgrade the top of their rotation. Bassitt has emerged as the A’s staff ace, and would bring an edge and toughness to the pitching staff that is lacking. Manaea would be a steady arm, someone that the Mariners could count on to deliver a strong start virtually every time out. Montas has displayed flashes of being an ace caliber pitcher and may finally deliver on that promise in another setting.
It may not be easy for the Mariners to land any of those players. All of them will be highly coveted and there may be a premium for trading within the division. Likewise, the A’s may not want to face those players so many times each season.
But it is also a matter of taking the best offer available. The Mariners have a deep farm system, and their desire to return to the playoffs is a strong motivator. If the best offer is coming from Seattle, one or more members of the A’s could be heading north.
The Seattle Mariners are interested in multiple members of the Oakland A’s. Even if they leave, those players could be back several times in 2022.