Sodo Mojo’s Seattle Mariners Round Table: Spring Training
Question 3: Is there a player you would like to see the Mariners add in 2018? Or are you satisfied with the team, as is?
I can already hear everyone screaming, “ALEX COBB!!!!!!” Please, use your indoor voice. I’ll give you another name: Greg Holland. Jerry Dipoto has said it himself — you can’t have enough pitching. Holland was solid last year after missing all of 2016, and somehow he’s still not signed. Plus, I’d much rather have Holland over Casey Lawrence or Chasen Bradford.
There are plenty of players the could/should add before the year. However, the most realistic and obvious would be Alex Cobb. A rotation (when healthy) that has Felix, Paxton, Leake and Cobb in it would give the M’s a much better chance at contending in 2018. And with this unique free agent market, Cobb may come at a bargain price on a one year deal.
I still think we need pitching but I’m going out on a limb and adding a RP and going back to a Jerry Dipoto fave if healthy in Huston Street. Let’s build an amazing bullpen.
Honestly, I have come to grips with the fact the Mariners are going into the 2018 season with what they’ve currently got. Are there needs? Absolutely. Pitching and outfield depth being a couple. But the offense – if healthy – is set up nicely and I think there is potential to break the .500 mark… again, assuming the injury bug stays in Peoria when spring training is over.
If you were going to force me name a guy I’d like to see added, I would probably go with R. A. Dickey. Would love the opportunity to watch a Dickey knuckleball shimmy and shake towards the catcher while sipping a cold one out in The Pen.
I think Trevor Cahil could be an interesting option for this club. The spacious outfield could drop his HR numbers, he has experience both starting and coming out of the pen. Depth is what this team lacks, and I think he could help in multiple areas.
Sadly, I agree 100% with Michael. The Mariners are willingly going into 2018 with their current group of players. Yuck. Most Mariners fans are probably screaming Alex Cobb, but I have reached the point where I would disagree.
The Mariners missed their chance to build a playoff rotation, and adding Alex Cobb alone would not get it done. Would he help? Probably. Are the Mariners interested? Hahahahahahaha… probably not.