As we inch closer to the completion of our All-Dipoto Acquisition roster for the Mariners, we look at a position group that hosts some of the best talent brought in by Jerry Dipoto over the last five years.
Some of Dipoto’s best deals as the Mariners’ general manager have focused on the acquisition of an outfielder. Whether it be his first trade with the team in which he acquired Boog Powell from the Tampa Bay Rays or the first draft pick he made with the team in selecting Kyle Lewis, Dipoto has never sat on his hands when it’s come to his team’s outfield.
Many men have patrolled the grass at T-Mobile Park over the last five years; some carried over from the Zdruiencik era, but most acquired by the tireless Dipoto. Since the winter of 2016, Dipoto has acquired 38 outfielders through trades, free agency, and waivers; additionally, he has selected another 24 outfielders through his first four drafts with the team.
The majority of them have come and gone without leaving much of a mark; others have made an impact at the Major League level but were ultimately traded away or eventually departed in free agency. But as the aforementioned numbers indicate, Dipoto has had backup plans for his backup plans, and has brought in several names that could form to create the outfield of the future for the Seattle Mariners.
To say it was tough to crack down on which outfielders would make this team, let alone start for it, would be an understatement. But we’ve landed on three names we think are worthy of playing on a nightly basis for our team, though we’ll be sure to give a nod to some of other favorites when we write about our bench spots and honorable mentions in the coming days.
Now let’s take a look at the starters.