Updated Jun 21, 2012 - 6:11 pm
Mariners don't have to trade Jason Vargas
Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider and ESPN.com joined "Bob and Groz" on Thursday and shared his observations and expectations of pitcher Danny Hultzen and infielder Nick Franklin, two prospects the Mariners promoted from Double-A Jackson to Triple-A Tacoma this week.
Their conversation eventually touched on the trade values of several Mariners, including left-hander Jason Vargas, a player the team reportedly tried to deal a year ago.
Churchill thinks Vargas, like teammate Brandon League, wouldn't get the Mariners much in return at this point.
"He's really struggled his last two or three times out. I think a lot of clubs want to see him pitch better away from Safeco Field before they call the Mariners and say, 'Hey, this is a guy we can trust for 200 innings a year,'" Churchill said. "He's starting to get expensive through arbitration and will be a free agent after next season."
In the video below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share their thoughts on the possibility of trading Vargas.
You can download Thursday's podcast here.
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