The Mariners won’t move Kyle Seager to left, but consider a third baseman in waiting, one Stefen Romero, 23, a 12th round pick out of Oregon State in 2010. Don’t worry Dawg fans, he is from Tucson, Arizona, so he is not a real Oregonian.
Romero had a break through year in 2012. In 116 games split between High Desert (A) and that powerhouse Jackson team (AA), he hit .352, belting 23 homers, and driving in 101. As a result Baseball America named him to the minor league all-star team and Topps named him to the Double AA all-star team.
Obviously he had the type of season that gets noticed. So now what?
Should the Mariners not get that big bat in left, they can start Romero out at Jackson, then if he does well, promote him to Tacoma. If he continues to impress, then the Mariners will find a spot for him. If third is his best position, then Seager goes to left. But Seattle likes to retrain, which is how Dustin Ackley got to second, when he played first base and outfield in college, and Seager played second. The Mariners may try Romero at a different spot in 2013, perhaps shortstop, or left field.
Then again. . .
Maybe they can trade Romero, a pitcher or two, in a trade for Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon, who won a Gold Glove in 2012.
I know I am focused on Gordon and Billy Butler, both from the Royals, but the Mariners have young pitchers that Kansas City needs. Trader Jack could make a multi-player blockbuster deal. How about James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, Romero, Jesus Montero, Casper Wells, and the Mariner Moose for Gordon and Butler?
I told myself I would not speculate this offseason on trades because it is like trading baseball cards or projecting one’s own fantasy. But it is hard not to think about who can improve the Mariners and how to get those players. I think the trade offer I propose seems realistic, unlike those I hear on sports radio. If you have any suggestions post them here. Just call me Trader Terry.