Predicting the Mariners Opening Day Infield
With the season winding down it’s time to start looking ahead to Opening Day 2020. Today’s post focuses on the Mariners’ Opening day infield after covering the outfield in an earlier post.
When I looked at the outfield I only projected players that were currently in the organization; however, this time I’ll expand and also consider options for the infield that would need to be acquired via free agency or trade.
Lets start with the hot corner.
Two months ago it seemed that filling the infield’s third base position would be quite challenging for the Mariners, but things have changed a bit as Kyle Seager has been on a tear lately and looks destined to be the third baseman on Opening Day next year.
At one point it looked like Seager would be the starter by default (his contract and poison pill make him difficult to trade), but now that he seems to have rediscovered his stroke the past month or so Seager has actually earned the spot heading into next year.
For a team that will still be “re-tooling” to start the season, having Seager’s presence in the lineup and clubhouse could be a good thing (assuming he produces) as the team continues to bring up young players.