Mariners Offseason Move That You Should Love
Every step of the offseason, we’ve chronicled Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto’s many moves. Now that he has finally (we believe) stopped majorly tweaking the club’s roster for the second year in a row, we can officially choose which move(s) we have already fallen in love with the most. It is Valentine’s Day after all.
After nearly two dozen signing and re-signings at the major and minor league levels, and another more than a dozen trades for players at all levels of the game, Dipoto has overhauled the Mariners yet again.
Unlike in 2016, this time Dipoto was able to make some substantial moves that could put the Mariners over the playoff hump.
Moves that can possibly achieve that are ones to fall in love with because the M’s are the team in the MLB that has missed out on a playoff birth for the longest time.
So, out of the nearly 50 moves to alter the roster in the past several months, was there one that was particularly special that made you say, “I loved that move. I love that player.”? Here at Sodo Mojo, we have one, and his name is, Jean Segura.
Two months ago, I had already called the acquisition of Segura the best move this offseason. I still hold firm on that belief and the rest of our team agreed with little hesitation.
What is giving us and so many other Mariners fans hope that this one move could change the M’s organization in a monumental way is the simple expectation that the team will get production out of the former Arizona Diamondback similar to 2016.
Segura’s 30+ bases stolen, 20 home runs hit, 40+ doubles, and .319 batting average are exactly what the Mariners need at the top of the lineup, especially paired one-two leading off with Jarrod Dyson.
With usuals like Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, and Nelson Cruz expected to put up big numbers for their third years as a trio, throwing in a fourth superstar is a recipe for success.
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Jean Segura might be our addition that stole our hearts, but maybe you’re like the Mariners GM and have constantly been thinking about someone else through this article.
The GM’s most focused mission this offseason was to acquire a different man, Drew Smyly. Dipoto went public with his passionate pursuit of Smyly after the team acquired him from the Tampa Rays.
"“I have probably spent more time throughout the course of our offseason,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said, “in trying to acquire Drew Smyly than any other thing that we’ve done.”"
Considering how much we know that Dipoto is continuously thinking about improving the team, it isn’t inconceivable that Dipoto had many sleepless nights thinking about the one that almost got away.
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If you’re like Dipoto and developed another crush this offseason, let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter feed at SodoMojoFS.