ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY U.S.S. BAT571
First of all, if the Mariners worked any kind of deal involving Marcell Ozuna and Roenis Elias, it would be the greatest called shot in Seattle sports history, and possibly in the history of the Milky Way galaxy.
Chris Rose and Kevin Millar play this game nightly on MLB Network, trying to call specific players to specific teams. They never do, but it's fun. If one of them were to call an obscure player-for-player -- and this ain't a super obvious Cano/Ellsbury swap here -- then we viewers would never hear the end of it. I defy you to link me to any Seattle article, ever, that called a swap as specifically as Ozuna-for-Elias. Heh, heh, HEHHH!
I forget who Bat picked out -- he said something like "I fancy Marcell Ozuna for Roenis Elias, and somebody, and somebody." Maybe you could remind us Commander :- )
OKDan pointed out, in the Shout Box
And MLB Daily Dish followed up with the unbelievable tweet in the lead pic. Just the fact that the Mariners are targeting Ozuna is way more than impressive enough for me. If they were to pull the trigger (and beat out 29 other teams) that would be next level. But to call the price ... :- )
OK, ENOUGH FAWNING, WOULD THE TRADE BE A WIN
SSI does not evaluate trades as though they were boxing matches. Neither does Jerry DiPoto. But here is Dr. D's happy factor
||Would Dr. D do it
||We presume the M's would get Ozuna and ? and ?
||Flipped Brad Miller for Marcell Ozuna
||Who wins the election, Bat?
||You wouldn't even see his hand move as he grabbed
If the Mariners give up Taijuan or K-Pax -- value is a push to me -- then hopefully they "throw in" Jose Fernandez as we throw in our org #1 prospect. A little more seriously, who's their best reliever other than Ramos? If we give up James Paxton in a Ozuna deal I'm going to become an Angels fan.
We'll give you a feel for it in the next section
Pre-2016 MARCELL OZUNA vs the pre-2015 MICHAEL SAUNDERS
OK, kiddies, take out a #2 pencil. Which of the above players was a:
- "Tweener" CF/RF who gives you a plus RF in Safeco, which needs a plus RF
- 5-tool player who could run like an antelope and hit a ball 440 feet
- A .250 AVG type guy with lots of K's
- Slimed and devalued by his organization after a year of part-time play
- Projected to a 110, 115 OPS+ or so
- Projected to 2.5 WAR
- Acknowledged to possess an All-Star 5 WAR upside
- etc etc etc
Now you tell me: do you miss Michael Saunders? How MUCH, exactly?
So I'm not giving up my 1969 Johnny Bench Rookie Card for Marcell Ozuna OR Michael Saunders. I'd like to have either one, though, if Jerry DiPoto's vision is to be implemented.
Ozuna backs the truck up several years and gives you another coin flip at Michael Saunders' chance for stardom. And yes you would love to re-fllip that coin.
Cancelling that, Ozuna is a RIGHT hand batter with massive strikeouts. Would much rather have a 25-year-old RF who batted left in Safeco -- and who had a shot at overcoming his K's against 75% platoon advantage pitching.
FLIPPING --- > MILLER for KARNS for OZUNA
It does fit DiPoto's idea of, direct quote, "a more usable roster." Miller and Ozuna are worth each other, but Miller's OF defense is (a) ugly and (b) theoretical. Ozuna's OF defense is ... looking for the right term here ... usable, I guess.
But that's the thing. If you give up ELIAS for Ozuna, you have done TWO things:
1) You have moved several yards towards morphing "a collection of talent" into "a ballclub," AND
2) You have seriously upgraded a young 5-6 starter into a young 3 starter.
So, that orients my thinking, at least. The day's rumors have the M's out in front for Ozuna, and don't think the bidding isn't fierce. If the M's give up Karns, that's a fair deal and it does implement DiPoto's plan coherently. Coherency and consistency are everything to a chessplayer. You can't lose sight of your Bansai tree just because you're standing out in the middle of the rain and wind. He who imposes his vision, through all the distractions and temptations, wins.
Give up more than Karns, and Dr. D is bummed. Give less, and he's jacked up.