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That guy's still a Mariner, right?
December 2, 2018
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:
* 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:
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.
What's your take on the James Paxton-to-the-Yankees trade?