Chris Herrmann: $1.5 Million – NO DEAL
Herrmann was released by the Diamondbacks before the season started, and signed with the Mariners two weeks later. As the M’s backup catcher, Herrmann ended up with just south of 100 at-bats. He posted a better slash line than Zunino but wasn’t the same catcher defensively.
Unlike Zunino, Herrmann doesn’t bring much power to the plate, with only two home runs in 2018. The Mariners could bring Herrmann back, as they know they would be getting a slightly below backup, albeit one who showed more promise than in recent years.
If the Mariners believe that they can get the catcher who played 56 games in 2016, and slashed .284/.352/.493, they would have a steal. If they get that same catcher who hit much worse in 2017, .181/.273/.345, they would be in a world of hurt.
Herrmann is one of the borderline Seattle Mariners arbitration-eligible players. With the struggles of Zunino at the plate this year, it would make sense for them to go out and try their luck with a different backup. Unfortunately for Chris Herrmann, that’s going to lead to NO DEAL.