The Milwaukee Brewers are off to the best start in franchise history. Perhaps what is most surprising about this is the fact that so many players have missed time with injury, or simply have been inconsistent. This is certainly true of the Brewers infield. Willy Adames had a very hot week recently, but is now on the IL with an ankle injury. Kolten Wong has been off to a slow start. In fact, he is having the worst season of his career, slashing .221/.304/.362. Luis Urias has provided some offense, but cannot carry the offense himself. Rowdy Tellez hits homers in bunches, but also is not capable of carrying the offense. Beyond them, Jace Pederson and Mike Brosseau are not making any pitcher fear the Brewers offense. To help provide a boost, Milwaukee could look into trade for Seattle Mariners star, Ty France.
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Who Is Ty France?
Ty France is a right-handed-hitting infielder who spends most of his time over at first base. He was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres and made his debut with them in 2019. During that first call up, he hit .234/.294/.402 with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 69 games.
In 2020, Ty France was traded to the Seattle Mariners in the deal that sent Aaron Nola to the Padres. It was during that COVID-shortened season that France began to assert himself as one of the most underrated hitters in baseball. Between the Padres and Mariners, France hit .305/.368/.468 with four home runs and 23 RBI.
Last season, his first full 162-game season in the Majors, France proved 2020 was not a flash in the pan. He hit .291/.368/.445 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI. He also led all of baseball by getting hit by a pitch 27 times. Oh, and he played 152 games.
This season, Ty France leads all of baseball in games played (45), plate appearances (203), and hit by pitches (8). He is also slashing .331/.406/.489 with six home runs and 31 RBI.
What Is Ty France’s Contract Situation?
Ty France is still in his arbitration years. This season, he is making $734,500, which is the kind of deal a team like the Brewers would love. After 2022, he has three more arbitration years before hitting free agency in 2026, when he turns 31.
Would the Mariners Be Open to Trading Ty France?
The Seattle Mariners are currently 18-27, 11 games behind the Astros in the AL West. They are tied with the Oakland A’s for last in the division. As such, the team may be one of the ones selling off their talent as the season goes on. The Milwaukee Brewers have some nice young pitching talent in their minor league system, which would be enough to pry a player like Ty France away.
Given how unproductive Kolten Wong has been, and for insurance in case of further injuries in the infield, a trade for Ty France would have huge benefits for the Brewers both this year and in the near future.
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Sorry, but that wouldn’t be anywhere near enough to get France who is currently the best first baseman in the A.L.
In spite of the record, the Mariners aren’t conventional sellers, due to the fact that they are young and building toward what they expect to be an open window for a championship within the next couple years.
Trading the best player on the team for prospects they don’t need is exactly the opposite of what the Mariners need to be doing at this stage of the rebuild.
They need to be acquiring pieces that are ready to contribute NOW, not possibly someday down the road.
The Mariners farm system is full of talent, they have no shortage of names who will possibly be good down the road, but they are in the stage of rebuilding where they are trying to be a playoff team by next year at the latest.
I see zero chance of the Mariners trading France unless the Mariners see absolutely no chance at signing France to a long extension, which is what they want to do.
The Mariners want to lick France into a long, long deal, not trade him.
Very well said
You’re dreamin’ to think the Mariners would trade their best hitter and Seattle doesn’t need more prospects or average players. Ty France is a better fielding Edgar Martinez and he will be a Mariner for a long, long time. As you wrote in a headline, relax, it’s only May. The Mariners are a very young team who, like the Brewers, have some key players injured. They will be in the playoff conversation.
This has 0% chance of ever happening and if you knew anything about the Mariners than you would know pitching prospects is the last thing they need having many quality arms in the farm. Ty is going to be an M for a real long tim.