One Last-Minute Trade the Mariners Need to Make to Win the World Series

Larry Rupp
One last-minute trade the Seattle Mariners need to make to win the World Series.
One last-minute trade the Seattle Mariners need to make to win the World Series. / AP Photos/David J. Phillip

A 14-game winning streak in the middle of July helped catapult the Seattle Mariners into American League wild card contention. Keep in mind this is a team that owns the league's longest postseason drought at 20 years. Making another move or two at the MLB trade deadline could help end the pain.

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The Mariners already made a major splash when they traded a bevy of prospects for Cincinnati Reds' starting pitcher Luis Castillo. The cost it took to acquire the All-Star hurler means that Seattle is likely only looking for cheap options now. Adding another bullpen arm to the mix would be a smart move.

Michael Fulmer is in the midst of a solid year with the Detroit Tigers and is set to hit free agency in the offseason. The 29-year-old is someone capable of pitching multiple innings when asked and has experience closing out games in the ninth inning. He fits the mold of a reliever Seattle is in search of.

The best part is that it would likely only take a low-level prospect to acquire Fulmer as the tigers have little leverage here. The 2017 All-Star owns a 3-4 record on the year to go along with a 2.77 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He has also struck out 38 opposing batters across his 40 appearances (38.0 innings).

While Seattle owns the 10th-best bullpen ERA in the majors, relievers like Ken Giles, Diego Castillo and Tommy Milone all remain on the injured list. Fulmer would provide some much-needed depth.

The MLB trade deadline is set for 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 2. For now, the Mariners have odds set at +3000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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