Current MLB trade rumors suggest that a pretty big Seattle Mariners trade could take place before the end of August. Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports has reported that starting pitchers Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwood were placed on waivers by the team.
Due to the affordability of both pitchers, it is highly likely that they will get claimed by other franchises. By not passing through the waiver wire, the Mariners would only be able to deal with the team placing the claim on Millwood or Vargas. It would limit the trade possibilities, but the Mariners may just be looking for a good deal.
Vargas has been pitching exceptionally well in the 2012 MLB season, going 13-8 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He has two complete games to go along with 180 innings of work and he has pitched very well against some of the best teams in the American League. That he is owed just over $1 million for the rest of the season could mean he has a lot of suitors.
Millwood has been pretty good as well, posting a 4.28 ERA over 25 starts this season. He has less value because of his age, but a team looking for someone to pitch down the stretch could find a lot of value here. As the Mariners continue to try to rebuild the roster, it could certainly indicate the team is very ready to part with both pitchers.
Do you think that these MLB trade rumors will actually lead to another Seattle Mariners trade taking place? Could Jason Vargas turn into an ace starting pitcher for a new franchise?