Colorado Rockies: A trade proposal with the Seattle Mariners

NAGOYA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 15: Outfielder Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners flies out in the bottom of 2nd inning during the game six between Japan and MLB All Stars at Nagoya Dome on November 15, 2018 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
NAGOYA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 15: Outfielder Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners flies out in the bottom of 2nd inning during the game six between Japan and MLB All Stars at Nagoya Dome on November 15, 2018 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 26: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies circles the bases after hitting a 2 RBI home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on September 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 26: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies circles the bases after hitting a 2 RBI home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on September 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

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Peter Lambert is the Rockies #3 prospect (#99 in baseball according to MLB.com). Lambert made it up to Triple-A last year for the Rockies but struggled in 11 starts but with the Mariners, he very well could make their rotation out of Spring Training and if not, he will probably be there by the end of the season so the Mariners would get 6 or 7 years of control contractually on him.

The final player in the deal might surprise you but it’s Ian Desmond. You may ask why he would be included and frankly, he’s a contractual swap. Carlos Santana is supposed to make about $42 million in the next two seasons (excluding the team option) and Desmond is supposed to make about $40 million in the next three seasons.

So, the Rockies would be taking on more money (by $2 million) but it would be for one less season and for a better first baseman offensively and defensively. With Desmond, the Mariners could either flip him (why not? They like trading everybody) or they could utilize him in the outfield, first base, or even shortstop if need be. He would provide the Mariners with more versatility than Santana.

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