Mariners Need OF Help, Ben Gamel Out 4-6 weeks
The good news train keeps rolling out of Seattle Mariners camp. Today, it was announced that Ben Gamel has an oblique strain and will be out 4-6 weeks. What can the Mariners do to help replace him?
Not Ichiro. No thanks. The former Mariners legend isn’t good anymore. Please stop with this ridiculous non-sense. Winning in 2018 is more important than pretending it’s still 2001. Let’s move on to names who can actually help you.
The Mariners need for a OF stretches beyond the Ben Gamel injury. Mitch Haniger appears to be on the way back from a hand injury, but has yet to begin BP. Guillermo Heredia has finally seen game action at the plate, but still has not played in the field, and should not be given a full workload in his current status.
This leaves Seattle with one healthy big league outfielder on its roster: second baseman Dee Gordon. Yeah, I said that right. The only healthy outfielder for this team is the one who has never played the outfield in a Major League game. Yippee.
The number of possibilities has shrunk in recent days, but there are several intriguing options remaining.
Who makes the most sense for the Mariners? Can they find that player for a reasonable price? Lets look at some of the options.