A Tuesday report suggested the Seattle Mariners were willing to trade many of their top players for the right return this offseason.According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-vince-coleman-jersey , the Mariners have told teams that they will move "just about anyone" if the trade market is strong. In the same vein, Seattle is open to rebuilding.Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto responded to the rumor later Tuesday, per Greg Johns and Maria Guardado of MLB.com:"Clearly over-dramatized is the best way to put that. We're open-minded to different ways we can get better, but what we're hoping to achieve is to reimagine our roster to look at it in terms of what is our quickest path to a championship club."We know what the Astros, Red Sox, A's, Yankees and Indians look like. We don't want to be a perpetual competitor for the second wild card. We want to build a championship roster. If that means in 2019 we field as competitive a team as we can while earmarking and gathering talent, we're not looking to rip our club down. We're just too talented to do that."Passan noted that there are caveats involved since infielder Jean Segura has a no-trade clause, and the M's will ask for huge hauls in return for outfielder Mitch Haniger, starting pitcher James Paxton and closer Edwin Diaz.Jon Heyman of Fancred later added that it "sounds" like the Mariners will keep Haniger, Diaz and pitcher Marco Gonzales but noted, "Everyone else is up for grabs."The Mariners missed the playoffs last season with an 89-73 record, and they have not reached the postseason since 2001 Orlando Cepeda Jersey , which is the longest active drought in Major League Baseball.Seattle appeared on track to end the drought during the first half of the 2018 season, but a second-half surge by the Oakland Athletics ended the Mariners' season early once again.Despite missing the playoffs, the Mariners had some hugely productive players on their roster last season.Offensively, Segura hit .304 with 10 home runs, 63 RBI and 20 stolen bases, while Haniger hit .285 with 26 homers and 93 RBI.Also, impending free-agent designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit .256 and led the team with 37 home runs and 97 RBI.Pitching-wise, Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and 208 strikeouts in 160.1 innings.Diaz enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a closer, as he posted a 1.96 ERA, struck out 124 batters over 73.1 innings and recorded an MLB-leading 57 saves.With 62 saves in 2008, Francisco Rodriguez is the only closer to finish with more saves in a single season than Diaz.One name that is likely to come up often in trade talks this offseason regardless of whether the Mariners tear down the roster is former ace Felix Hernandez.The six-time All-Star and 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner struggled through a career-worst season in 2018, as he went 8-14 with a 5.55 ERA.Hernandez may not have much left in the tank, but he has only one year remaining on his contract http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-keith-hernandez-jersey , which could make the 32-year-old a low-risk acquisition for pitching-needy teams.Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Baseball America ranked Seattle's farm system as the worst in Major League Baseball.Given the lack of talent coming through the pipeline and Seattle's inability to reach the playoffs, a rebuild may be the best way to make the Mariners a contender in the coming years. CLEVELAND — Entering the game Friday night, both the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays had just 29 games left in the regular season, but had yet to play each other.The teams finally got together on Friday and the Indians won 3-0. After the game, the Indians acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays.On Saturday night, the Indians and Rays will meet for the second time this season, at Progressive Field. Although they hadn’t played each other until Friday, that doesn’t mean they aren’t aware of one another.Article continues below ...“They are in the (American League) East. That’s a good division, and they’ve held their own,”Indians manager Terry Francona said of the Rays. “They are doing it in an unconventional way. It’s unconventional now, but they’re not doing it with smoke and mirrors.”The Rays have blazed a new trail in starting pitcher usage by using a relief pitcher to start many of their games, and having a true starting pitcher take over in the second or third inning.“They’ve got a lot of good arms Bob Gibson Jersey , and (manager Kevin) Cash and his staff have done a really good job of getting their guys to buy in,” Francona said.Cash, who played for Francona when he managed Boston, and coached on his staff in Cleveland before being hired to manage the Rays, remains very close to Francona, and the two buddies will send two impressive young pitchers to the mound on Saturday.For the Rays, it’s left-hander Blake Snell, who has become a strong Cy Young Award candidate, which means he, not a reliever, will pitch the first inning — and as many innings thereafter as he can handle.Snell (16-5, 2.05), is second in the AL wins and ERA http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-willie-mcgee-jersey , and his opponents’ batting average of .179 also ranks second. In his last start, Snell shut down Boston’s powerful lineup, beating the Red Sox 9-1 on Aug. 26. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs and just two hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.Snell’s Cy Young candidacy has been steadily building since midseason, and it’s reflected by his numbers. In his last 16 starts, he is 12-2 with a 1.45 ERA. In his last 10 starts, he is 8-1 with a 1.25 ERA, and in his last five starts, he is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA.His last start against the Indians came Aug. 10, 2017, a 4-1 Tampa Bay win in which Snell did not figure in the decision, despite holding Cleveland to one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. In two career starts against the Indians, Snell is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA.Snell’s mound opponent is rookie right-hander Shane Bieber (8-2 Mike Matheny Jersey , 4.52), a control artist who in 79 2/3 innings has struck out 83 and walked just 15. Bieber’s last start came Aug. 26, a 12-5 victory over Kansas City in which he pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks.Bieber, who has never faced the Rays, has had less success in the second half of his rookie season than the first half. In his first seven starts, he was 5-1 with a 3.53 ERA. In his last seven starts, he’s 3-1 with a 5.70 ERA.The Indians added a significant player on Friday, when they acquired Donaldson from the Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named at a later date. Donaldson has been on the disabled list since May 29 due to a left calf strain. He began a rehab assignment in Class-A Dunedin on Tuesday, appearing in two games.Donaldson is a three-time All-Star who was the American League MVP in 2015.