5 trades that should happen when the MLB lockout ends

Aug 8, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sonny Gray to the Seattle Mariners

Although the Seattle Mariners added Robbie Ray to the rotation, they are still looking to add to their starters. The problem is that the vast majority of what is left in free agency is best suited for the back of the rotation, while the Mariners need a solid second or third starter.

The answer to their problems could be in Cincinnati. The Reds are looking to pare down their payroll, having already let two players leave the organization for practically nothing. They are not done either, as other players are on the trade block as well.

One of those players could be exactly what the Mariners need. Sonny Gray has been a dependable middle of the rotation arm for much of his career, excluding his time with the Yankees. He is also under team control through next season due to a $12 million team option, making him more than a rental for a team looking to bring him on board.

It is also possible that the Mariners could take on another contract to lower their prospect cost. The Reds also want to be rid of Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suarez, and the Mariners need a third baseman. Moustakas would be an expensive gamble at $34 million over the next two years, but he would provide another power bat in the lineup and solid defense at the hot corner.

The Seattle Mariners are looking to get back into the postseason. For the cost of a mid-tier prospect, they may get the pieces they need.