Cleveland Indians Trade Partner #1 for Cesar Hernandez: Seattle Mariners
In the American League Wild Card standings, the Seattle Mariners are the first time on the outside looking in, trailing the Oakland A’s by 3.5 games entering Saturday (July 24). Seattle was in a similar boat as Cleveland not too long ago, being on the brink of buying or selling, or maybe doing nothing. While that is still the case, Hernandez is an affordable enough player that Seattle could be interested.
So far this season the Mariners have had Dylan Moore at second for majority of the year, starting 52 games at the position. They’ve also had Ty France there for 18 games and Donovan Walton for 11, but no other player has hit double digit starts at second.
This year Moore has been able to slash just .190/.276/.363 for the Mariners. Now, he does have 15 stolen bases, but it seems clear that Hernandez would provide an offensive upgrade at the position for the club. Moore also has three years at second this year, so a Gold Glove player in Hernandez would provide a boost there as well.
The Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners have already been trade partners this year, agreeing to the small deal for Jake Bauers, so the phone lines are open. Hernandez would be an affordable upgrade for the Mariners, wouldn’t break the bank and would be more than just a rental.