Seattle Mariners: 5 Non-Tender Players to Consider
The Mariners outfield is pretty stacked up right now, but if Dipoto does find a Mitch Haniger trade he likes, it may open the door for Avisail Garcia. The 27-year-old, 6’4″ OF is coming off a disappointing year in 2018.
2018 was a disappointment because Garcia busted out in 2017. It was a career year for Garcia who slashed .330/.380/.506 with 50 XBH. Unfortunately, Garcia dealt with injuries and poor play in 2018, where he slashed .236/.281/.438.
Garcia would be a 1-year rental unless he signed a multi-year deal, but he may be worth the gamble. If he finds his 2017 success, he becomes a 4.5 win player, and a great chance to recoup prospects at the deadline.
Aside from his bat, Garcia is an average base-runner. He doesn’t walk a lot, but also puts the ball in play at an average rate. Defensively, Garcia has graded as an average or slightly better defender in right field, with the exception of last season. However, battling knee and hamstring issues may easily explain why his metrics in the area went down.
It is possible Garcia could fit in a rotation with Ben Gamel, Carlos Santana, and Jay Bruce at 1B/DH/LF, but unless an outfielder gets moved, it seems unlikely. However, with Jerry Dipoto at the helm, nothing is impossible in the current seller’s mode.