Finally, whether you love him or hate him, John Lackey makes a ton of sense. The 39-year-old, 15 year vet can still sling it a little, and has been durable as hell the past 5 years. Lackey has made at least 29 starts with 170.2 innings or more over that stretch. He has amassed just over 12 fWAR in that stretch.
While no longer a big strike out pitcher, Lackey brings a fiery style and solid back-end stuff to the 2018 Mariners. You don’t have to go that far back to find an ultra-valuable Lackey. In 2016, he produced a solid 8.6 K/9 over 188 innings on his way to a 3.1 fWAR.
None of the names above are particularly exciting, they do all make the Mariners better. We all want the splashy move. However; in the wake of the Ohtani decision, any move that makes Seattle better should be welcome with open arms.