Don't see one arm on your list they will go for unless they win 10 of their next 12 games ... and I don't thnk they have that long to pick up some hitchhiker.
With Pineda gone from Yankees, they will grab Hammels or, more likely, Sonny Gray.
Price will be too high on Britton.
I will point out that DePoet refers to a time frame of "by opening day, 2018".
Smyly and Kuma will be off the books, so their primary mission over the winter will be to bring in the "next Babe Ruth", Shonei Otani, who will cost ... PLENTY.
But, please note, it is just a couple days ago that he pitched his first start of the season ... and he didn't last two full innings ... so there is hope ... that is all the eggs in my basket for an off season starter.
For the time being, my bet is still on a deal with the Cards for one of their prospects ... who can step right in to start for the M's.
Flaherty, Weaver, or, perhaps, Pearce for one of our 4 CF's. They need OF help now, and might even throw in an AA reliever.
Look, the Brewers have not been losing, and the Cubs just got Quintana.
The Cardinals will not use their usual tactic of waiting until a day before the deadline to make a deal, they need to make a deal in the next week for a game ready CF, and we can oblige.
They offered up SP Wacha last year, and there were no takers, and he makes no sense for the M's.
Get a young guy ready to step in, as specified in the recipe above.
Another team that can give up an MLB ready starter is the Dodgers. They have a full farm, and an infielder with the same last name as another infielder with the same last name as one who currently plays for the M's ... and is vexing his onfield and upstairs staff.
That's my longshot special, but it's strictly a hunch bet and not worth ... well, we have no idea what it is not worth. So, you heard it here first. And they will have to add a top 20 reliever to go along with a young starter.
Look, they will not let more than 21 horses into the gates for the Kentucky Derby anymore, and their are more MLB teams than that in search of a chance to get a wild card ... and into the playoff race.
DePoet could swap out lesser lights Cishek and Valencia, and I doubt Dyson, though all 3 were named as possibilities by Greg LongJohns.
He's not sending a mixed message to cover his backside ... it's still an "all depends" (the leading brand) ... but I also admire his style.