The Mariners have been heavily linked to Sonny Gray as of recent deadline chatter. The issue is they already paid a hefty package elsewhere, and it would take a hefty package including their top prospect to get Sonny Gray. However, the Giants have a slightly cheaper RHP available, and the Mariners have already rumored to be interested. I think Seattle would be a great landing spot for Samardzija.
Although his memories of the AL West aren’t too fond, the Mariners have a good defense behind him. The Giants would also need to send a bit of cash the Mariners way, but it does give the Mariners a chance to plug in a big leaguer right away to the rotation. They’ll also get to keep him for the next few years.
The Giants should ask simply for Nick Neidert. Neidert has been absolutely nails in the hitter friendly Cal League for the Modesto Nuts. He has posted a 10-3 record in 19 starts, throwing over 100 innings. He struck out 109 and walked 17, boasting a 2.76 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He’s still a year or two away from the big leagues, but shows tremendous upside. The window for the Mariners to put something together is closing as King Felix gets older. Neidert likely wouldn’t be able to help until that window passes on Seattle, so it would be a solid ask from the Giants.
While I said the Giants would be in need of MLB Ready guys, there isn’t a whole lot of room for MLB ready starters per say, and the Giants should certainly be patient with Neidert. The Mariners also don’t have an MLB ready starter that the Giants should frankly be interested in. The big thing for them is it clears up financial clout for them to potentially use this offseason on a big time MLB arm, and stocks a good pitching prospect down in the system that could be ready in a couple years.