RF MITCH HANIGER
While Jarred Kelenic has been Jerry Dipoto’s best prospect addition as the Mariners’ GM, his best MLB acquisition has been Mitch Haniger. Ironically, Haniger wasn’t even the main piece of a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that snagged the Mariners our starting third baseman of the All-Dipoto Acquisition Team, Jean Segura.
Haniger didn’t necessarily outshine Segura, but quickly became the more intriguing player of the two after posting a 2.5 fWAR season in his first year with the team and earning All-Star honors the following season. Unfortunately, Haniger has been plagued by injuries in two of his three seasons as a Mariner, having played just 159 games in those years.
But when he’s healthy, Haniger has been one of the best outfielders in the game. In 2018, he slashed .285/.366/.493 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs. Before his season-ending injury in 2019, he may have only logged a .220 average with a .314 OBP, but still hit 15 dingers and ultimately posted a 106 wRC+. So even when he hasn’t been fully productive, he’s still been a slightly above average player in this league.
That’ll wrap things up for today’s piece, but we still have a couple more things to go over as we put the finishing touches on our roster. Be sure to keep an eye out for articles on the bench spots and honorable mentions in the coming days!