Larry Stone of the Seattle Times says the Mariners should explore a trade for Phillies infield prospect Jason Donald. He writes:
“Donald, 24, was a standout on the Olympic team, has excelled in the minors, and is said by scouts to be ready for a big-league job.
But as a middle infielder in the Phillies’ organization, he’s buried behind Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Donald is playing some third base in the Arizona Fall League (where he’s tearing up the league at .459 in 18 games), but probably doesn’t have the power to play the position in the majors.”
Stone fails to cite the Phils have power at a non-power position (second base). In his notebook, David Murphy spoke to Ruben Amaro Jr., who said having Donald play third is a contingency for the hot hitter. Scott Boras, Donald’s agent, added he doesn’t think Donald will be moved this season.
Back to the M’s. I don’t know who the Mariners have under contract that would be appealing to the Phillies. Unless the M’s want to revisit an Erik Bedard trade, the only name that says anything to me is Adrian Beltre, but he hasn’t played a lick of outfield in his career.
I wouldn’t mind throwing Donald out there for trade possibilities. But the Mariners just aren’t the right partner.