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trading within the division is risky, but in this case it helps Seattle so much. They know they have no shot at winning the West, and they steal the Rangers farm system so they can beat them over and over in a few years. Great move for Seattle and maybe even the Rangers. If they win the WS, they look like geniuses, if they don't, it is a terrible trade and waste of $.
So the M's now have the #1 farm in the league, a 100m payroll, and a modern stadium.
Would have been nice to net one of Scheppers/Perez, though.
Mariners weren't kidding when they said they wanted an impact bat. Hicks and Ramos are great prospects, but they will never win Silver Sluggers like Smoak possibly could. Plus they can get the hell rid of Kotchman now, too.
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