We continue our series that attempts to build the best possible team of Seattle Mariners who were acquired by current GM Jerry Dipoto. Today, we look at the infield.
Last week, we unveiled the Mariners starting rotation and bullpen, which means today we get to focus on our starting lineup. Similar to how our bullpen was constructed, we were looking to build an offense and defense to best compliment the rest of the team and the ballpark we play in.
But while we tried to stay true to the positions these acquisitions actually played in Seattle, but we arrived at a problem. Since Jerry Dipoto has become the GM of the Mariners, there has been 1 player who has overwhelmingly played a majority of games at third base for Seattle, that being Kyle Seager.
Well, Seager is one of the only players in the organization that pre-dates Dipoto as GM, so he is ineligible for this list. So that leaves us with a problem to fill: do we stick with one of the players like Tim Beckham or Ryon Healy who played a small amount at the hot corner, or do we instead look for a creative way to get the best players in the lineup and take some liberties along the way?
We opted for the latter for two reasons. First, this article is about celebrating and identifying the very best move Dipoto has made as the GM. So leaving off a very good addition by Dipoto just to force Healy to be the third baseman doesn’t make sense. And second, this is our series and we can do whatever we want. Okay, but really, I think when you guys see what we did, you’ll agree it was the right decision to make.
But every spot in the infield was pretty heavily debated and all 4 spots had honorable mentions battling for the spot in the lineup. But at the end of the debate, these were the players left standing. But before we get to the infield, we need to crown our starting catcher, who like it or not, we consider to be an infielder. Let’s get started.