As we at SoDo Mojo prepare our plan for what appears to be a tricky offseason to navigate, we realize our readers could use a one-stop source to assess where their Seattle Mariners stand heading into the offseason.
Fresh off an 89-win but still playoff-less season, the Mariners must make tough decisions regarding how and when they will compete in a tough division and top-heavy league. Opinions concerning that process vary across the entire spectrum of possibilities, and while some of this article will be personally speculative, hopefully after a good perusing, you will come away with your own ideas of what the Mariners can practically accomplish ahead of the 2019 regular season.
Without further, dudes, here is your Seattle Mariners offseason primer.
Pending Free Agents and Players with Options
First, we should determine who is definitely coming off the roster ahead of the offseason.
Feel free to take a look through the Mariners’ year-end 40-man roster yourself. I’ll save you some legwork and note that the following players on the 40-man roster are slated to reach free agency this offseason:
Additionally, Denard Span has a $12 million mutual option for 2019 and is the only Mariners players with any kind of contract option for next year. Seattle can exercise their half of that option or buy Span out for $4 million with the latter case appearing likely, especially provided Ben Gamel remains on the roster.
Now, we can’t proceed much further without talking about the Mariners’ budget.