Seattle Mariners: 5 Free Agent Relief Pitching Targets

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 21: Relief pitcher Carter Capps #22 of the Miami Marlins reacts after pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 21: Relief pitcher Carter Capps #22 of the Miami Marlins reacts after pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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For every positional group Jerry Dipoto has traded from this offseason, he’s addressed the holes he initially opened. That has not been the case for the Mariners’ bullpen, which has seen the departures of five key relievers.

Of course, bullpen is usually not at the top of the list in a rebuilding year for any general manager. But the Mariners will look to field a competitive 25-man roster come late March, and there are roughly only a handful of pitchers you could realistically pencil into their bullpen as of now.

Edwin Díaz‘s departure was the biggest hit Seattle’s bullpen took this offseason, following a historic 57-save season. That’s left a large crater in the Mariners’ closer role, one that Jerry Dipoto has claimed he will fill externally.

It’d be best to temper expectations when thinking about the M’s targeting a closer, though. Their hunt won’t lead them to Craig Kimbrel or Cody Allen, but perhaps to someone that can build decent enough trade value over the next year or two.

The search may not stop there, however, as the Mariners are lacking in terms of depth and are in a great position to take a flyer or two.

Relievers are the biggest crapshoot in baseball, but Seattle has proven to be capable of successfully putting together a respectable bullpen over the years.

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