The word to best describe Jerry Dipoto, the General Manager of the Seattle Mariners, is “active”. With over 100 trades alone, Dipoto has acquired enough players to build a decent MLB team.
And on today’s episode of the Sodo Mojo Podcast (available on iTunes and Goole Podcast), we attempted to do just that. We attempted to build a complete 26-man roster of Mariners who were acquired or created under the reign of Jerry Dipoto.
Our goal was simple: to build the best team for 2020 we could, using players Dipoto has either signed as a free agent, claimed off of waivers, drafted, or more than likely, has traded for. Obviously this has a set of challenges that make it difficult to not take some liberties, so we did take a few.
First, we counted Edwin Diaz as a Jerry Dipoto “creation”. Remember, it was Dipoto who signed off on moving Diaz out of the AA rotation and into the bullpen, a move that worked incredibly well.
Second, we could move players around to positions they didn’t necessarily play. But infielders have to stay in the infield and outfielders in the outfield. But other than that, we built a team, not just a list of the 26 best players acquired by Dipoto.
That means we have a full 5-man rotation, an 8 man bullpen, and 13 offensive players, including a bench that is built as a normal MLB bench, would be.
So… how did we do? Well, you’ll have to listen to the podcast to get the full team right now. Let us know how you would have built this team, because there are a lot of different directions to go and we did leave off some talented players.
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