In the last few days, all of the qualifying offers in baseball were declined and the MLB Winter Meetings got underway. For Mariners fans, both of these are things to be excited about. Hopefully the ball will get rolling on the off-season and we can get amped up for spring.
Two names that continue to make appearances in Mariners rumors are Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo. Given that both Ellsbury and Choo have each declined their qualifying offers, all MLB teams are free to pursue them.
I’ve noted before that Ellsbury is a big impact player, and I would definitely be excited should be make his way to Seattle. On the other hand, would bringing in Choo or Ellsbury to fill out the outfield really have that much of an impact? Obviously one player isn’t going to steer the ship away from another 90+ loss season. Choo and Ellsbury are good, but they aren’t that good.
If the Mariners manage to land one of these two guys, what changes would we see?