DH EVAN GATTIS
This one is contingent upon a couple things. One being that the Mariners move on from — or are unable to sign — Nelson Cruz, and the other being that Cruz winds up with the only other suitor that truly makes sense for him: the Houston Astros.
If this were to happen, then impending Astros free agent Evan Gattis will likely be on the hunt for a new home. Gattis is in a very similar situation as Cruz, having only played in the field twice in 2018 — both at catcher. That greatly limits his list of potential destinations, making the Mariners a relatively obvious choice if Cruz departs.
Gattis was red-hot in May and June, hitting for an impressive 140 wRC+ with 14 dingers and 46 RBI. After that, Gattis fell apart and it reflects greatly in his numbers from July to the end of the season. A slash line of .194/.251/.400 to wrap up the year has greatly diminished his role with the Astros going into the postseason, and his value on the free agent market will surely take a hit as well.
However, Gattis has historically been a great power presence in whichever lineup he’s been in. As a career .248/.300/.476 hitter, Gattis doesn’t really scream “consistency,” but he’d be a solid option to make up some of the power numbers that would be lost in the event that Cruz leaves.
Plus, who wouldn’t want that beard on their team?