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Who's Left?

With General Manager Jerry Dipoto on another of his trading benders, the Mariners' roster is undergoing some stark change. Though Dipoto is by no means done tinkering—as we'll see, there are still some holes to fill—if games had to be played tomorrow, how things would look on the field?

Let's review what's happened since the 2018 campaign ended:

Out

Players who became free agents:

  • DH Nelson Cruz
  • LHP Zach Duke
  • OF Cameron Maybin
  • RHP David Phelps
  • IF/OF Andrew Romine
  • RHP Adam Warren
  • OF Denard Span
  • IF Gordon Beckham
  • RHP Ryan Cook
  • RHP Nick Vincent
  • RHP Erasmo Ramírez
  • RHP Justin Grimm
  • RHP Christian Bergman
  • IF Zach Vincej
  • LHP Marc Rzepczynski

Players who were traded away:

  • OF Guillermo Heredia
  • C Mike Zunino
  • LHP James Paxton
  • RHP Alex Colomé
  • 2B Robinson Canó*
  • RHP Edwin Díaz*

Players lost to waiver claims or
released to the Japanese leagues:

  • C Chris Hermann
  • RHP Casey Lawrence

In

Players acquired via waivers:

  • OF John Andreoli

Players acquired via trade:

  • OF Mallex Smith
  • C Omar Narváez
  • LHP Ricardo Sánchez
  • RHP Erik Swanson
  • LHP Justus Sheffield
  • OF Dom Thompson-Williams
  • OF/DH Jay Bruce*
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak*
  • OF Jerred Kelenic*
  • RHP Justin Dunn*
  • RHP Gerson Bautista*

Players signed as free agents:

  • IF Orlando Calixte
  • RHP R.J. Alaniz
  • 3B Dylan Moore

* Not yet official

 Clearly, that's a lot more out than in, especially with ten or eleven of the "ins" likely going to the minor leagues. That contingent may look good in a year or two, but don't expect to see them at new-name-field anytime soon.

So, in our scenario of immediate games, here's what a Mariner lineup/roster might consist of today:

Lineup

C  Omar Narváez
1B  Ryon Healy
2B  Dee Gordon
3B  Kyle Seager
SS  Jean Segura
LF  Ben Gamel
CF  Mallex Smith
RF  Mitch Haniger
DH  Jay Bruce

Bench

C  David Freitas
1B  Daniel Vogelbach
IF/OF  Kristopher Negron
OF  John Andreoli





Rotation

LHP  Marco Gonzales
RHP  Mike Leake
LHP  Wade LeBlanc
RHP  Felix Hernández
LHP  Roenis Elias




Bullpen

RHP  Dan Altavillla
RHP  Anthony Swarzak
LHP  James Pazos
RHP  Matt Festa
LHP  Max Povse
RHP  Shawn Armstrong



 

The lineup isn't horrible (I'd still like to upgrade over Healy, though), and the rotation might be passable, but the bench and 'pen are, to be kind, weak. Sam Tuivailala and, for whatever he's worth, Juan Nicasio will be on the DL until summer, so no relief help from them. Dunn and Swanson might be ready sooner than later, maybe. Same on the bench side with Moore, who hit .299/.363/.522 between Double-A and Triple-A last season, and Braden Bishop had a nice year at Double-A.

But the wheeling and dealing, obviously, is not near done. The Phillies have been calling about Segura (whom I'd hate to lose, personally) and Dipoto has been rumored to be shopping Seager (who might be untradeable, but then so was Canó, so...). Relievers are bound to be available as free agents or as throw-ins.

The big need seems still to be catcher. Narváez has yet to play full time and is likely going to let a lot of pitches get by him; having a defensive backup backstop seems crucial, and having one that can hit a little (no offense, David) would be good. Negron can play a few positions, but a backup shortstop might be in order, too, unless the thought is that Gordon is your backup there. Bruce can spell Gamel if the platoon situation merits it and Vogey can DH, but it'd still be nice to have some better on-base skills available for pinch-hitting.

And there's the matter of Felix insurance. If The King can't revert to some semblance of his old form, starting pitching is going to be hurting and the farm is thin there; I'd hate for Dipoto to feel forced into rushing Sheffield or Dunn to the Majors before they're ready.

We'll see what happens next. Dipoto has three more months before spring training in which to shuffle his cards and deal, so the next time we dive into this sort of thing it might look a whole lot different.

Pax Reax

What's your take on the James Paxton-to-the-Yankees trade?

Comments

  • Posted by Mack McCoy on December 2, 2018 (16 days ago)

    Contenders have to add starting pitching, not subtract it!

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