MLB rumors: Could this St. Louis Cardinals-Seattle Mariners trade work?
Speaking of trades involving the Mariners, Adam Jude of The Seattle Times recently proposed one that would give the Mariners some outfield help while sending a pitching prospect to the St. Louis Cardinals.
His proposal? Mariners send right-handed pitching prospect Emerson Hancock (currently in Double-A) to St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Dylan Carlson. His reasoning? “The Cardinals have a surplus of outfielders and need pitching. The Mariners have pitching depth and could use an outfielder.” He also mentions that Seattle would perhaps provide “a change of scenery” for Carlson, slashing .232/.340/.359 in 212 plate appearances heading into Saturday’s action, to tap into his full potential.
Hancock is currently ranked fourth on Seattle’s top prospects list by MLB.com, with the 24-year-old estimated to make it to the big leagues in 2023. This season with Double-A Arkansas, Hancock is 11-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 95 strikeouts in 86.0 innings. He was especially potent for a stretch in June, being named as the Texas League’s Pitcher of the Month for June, the June Pitcher of the Month for the Mariners minor league system and also as Texas League Pitcher of the Week for June 26-July 2. During his five June starts, Hancock posted a 4-0 record with a 1.74 ERA, striking out 29 batters in 31.0 innings.
Would a one-for-one matchup work for the Cardinals and Mariners and help both teams? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.