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Of the names that we are featuring today, Mitch Haniger would be the best option for the Rockies as he is, far and away, the Mariners best player that they have remaining.
In 2017, he was having a breakout season until he was sidelined for six weeks in late April with a hamstring injury as well as a nasal fracture after being hit by a 95 MPH fastball in the face in August but in 2018, he continued with putting up great numbers.
Since the beginning of the 2017 season, he has hit .284/.361/.492 with an OPS+ of 135. In 2018, he played in 156 games and hit .285/.366/.493 with an OPS+ of 139. He also hit 26 home runs, 93 RBI, 38 doubles, 170 hits, and had a bWAR of 6.1.
In 2018, he was also excellent defensively as he had 9 Defensive Runs Saved in 144 games in right field. He is much better in right field, though, as in just 222 innings in left field and center field (parts of 37 games), he had -4 DRS.
He was an All-Star and came in 11th in AL MVP voting last season.
Haniger, who will be 28 in a few weeks, will only be arbitration eligible for the first time next offseason so the Rockies would have 4 years of control of Haniger before he would be a free agent and, this season, he will only be subject to make the league minimum.
Since Haniger has a lot of team control for cheap (at least in 2019) and he has played so well, he would cost a lot in a trade, meaning some of the Rockies top prospects but they could probably get a deal done without Brendan Rodgers.
There are a few other potential players that the Mariners could trade but they would not be all that beneficial for the Rockies.
As with most trade rumors or ideas, they often don’t happen but the Rockies are almost definitely one of the many teams that are talking with DiPoto in regards to a trade. Now, it’s just a matter of agreeing on the price for one of their players.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Pazos and Nicasio were added to the trade with Segura to the Phillies on Monday after the publication of this article.