It’s a wrap
There you have it, our 2019-2020 Mariners Off-Season plan. At the end of the day, we have 6 trades, 4 MLB free agent signings, a few MILB deals to look for and I’m sure you hate it all. Which is fine. Remember, the exact players aren’t as important as the concept behind them.
All the players we acquired are obviously players that we like, but many of them can just as easily be substituted for a player that you like. But considering our limited budget and a difficult needle to thread between raising the floor without blocking major prospects, I think we did okay.
The 26 man roster would look something like this:
- Catchers: Omar Narvaez, Tom Murphy, Austin Nola
- First base: Nola, Jake Bauers
- Second Base: Shed Long
- Third Base: Kyle Seager
- Shortstop: J.P. Crawford
- Left Field: Bauers, Phillip Ervin
- Centerfield: Shogo Akiyama
- Right field: Mitch Haniger
- Utility: Jake Cronenworth, Tim Lopes
- 4th OF: Jake Fraley
- Rotation: Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, Justus Sheffield, Chris Archer, Alex Wood
- Bullpen: Tyler Chatwood, Aroyds Vizcaino, Hector Rondon, Sam Tuivailala, Brandon Brennan, Taylor Guilbeau,
- Fighting for OD roster: Braden Bishop, Kyle Lewis, Dylan Moore, Evan White, Drew Smyly, Tommy Milone, Clay Buchholz, Art Warren, Reggie McClain, etc.
So not a great team, but certainly one that is better on paper than the final product of 2020. There is a decent upside, good trade chips, no serious roadblocks, and we stayed within budget. Not bad for a few weeks of work.
We hope you enjoyed our fun little experiment. Even if you don’t like a single deal, hopefully, you got something out of it. But over 4,000 words later, I don’t have much more to say. Heck, by the time you read this, Jerry could have traded 3 guys and this is all for not.
We will wait and see what happens this winter, just like you guys. Hopefully, it gives us plenty to talk about.