#3 Power hitters (DH): The Mariners had a revolving door of designated hitters and it might be the year to go and get one
The designated hitter in 2020 seemed to be filled by whichever hitter was hot and not on the field. Scott Servais used Daniel Vogelbach, Jose Marmolejos, Tim Lopes, and others at DH. Just by looking at these names, you can tell we need help. Next season, the designated hitter could be filled by a group of players again.
The Mariners are planning for the arrival of field prospects like Jarred Kelenic, Taylor Trammell, and Cal Raleigh but they will most likely be on the field. This may lead to movement in the lineup pushing Mitch Haniger to DH for example. But, the Mariners would benefit from someone with pop in the lineup every day at DH.
There are several big-time DH’s on the free-agent market that could suit the Mariners:
Any of these names would be an upgrade for the Mariners lineup. Moreland could be a great first base back up to platoon with Evan White if he struggles as well. Nelson Cruz could be a great fit after his stint in Seattle. He had another outstanding season as a 40-year-old and is a free agent that Dipoto could be interested in.