CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reported yesterday that the Seattle Mariners have shown interest in potentially trading for outfielder Ben Revere. That report was confirmed by Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, who added that GM Ruben Amaro reportedly asked for either Taijuan Walker or James Paxton (currently injured), two highly-regarded young pitchers.
Given that Revere is an average-at-best outfielder whose salary will only continue to climb from this year’s $4.1 million over his next two years of arbitration eligibility, the reported asking price is ridiculous. As Amaro has been a media piñata for the last three years, Dutton’s report was accepted unquestionably and the Amaro-bashing ensued. One problem: Amaro denied the report. Via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
“Typically we would not comment on rumors. But when they reach this level of ridiculousness, I can say unequivocally that what has been written is false.”