Sodo Mojo’s 2019 Seattle Mariners Off-Season Plan
Sign Alex Wood
Yeah, we are also fans of Alex Wood. And while our projected offer of 1-year, $10 million may be a bit optimistic, it is still better than the MLB Trade Rumors projection, so we will live with our optimism.
Personally, I am a fan of offering multiple years and a higher AAV for Wood, so if he is truly available on a 1-year deal, the Mariners may be foolish not to pursue. When healthy, Wood is a mid-rotation arm with upside.
He posts solid strikeout numbers, has good control, has a career 1.22 WHIP, a 3.40 ERA, and a 3.49 FIP. He was an All-Star in 2017 and followed it up with a solid 2018 season before missing most of the 2019 season.
Sliding Wood into the rotation gives the Mariners a pretty solid 2020 rotation without committing a long-term contract that may block Logan Gilbert, Justin Dunn, Justus Sheffield, or George Kirby. With the goal of raising the floor and adding tradeable assets at a discount price, Wood may be the crown jewel of the off-season.
He certainly fits the “opportunity buy” type of arm Dipoto has said the Mariners will be interested in and if his market is as suppressed as some are predicting, it could be an awesome opportunity to add real talent.