The Seattle Mariners Opening Day lineup
1. SS JP Crawford
2. 2B Dylan Moore
3. CF Kyle Lewis
4. 3B Kyle Seager
5. RF Mitch Haniger
6. DH Ty France
7. C Tom Murphy
8. 1B Evan White
9. LF Jose Marmolejos
While we have written plenty of blogs here at Sodo Mojo about the Mariners potentially making some signings to boost the offense, Jerry Dipoto has stood pat and not signed or traded for anyone other than pitchers. I expect him to do that as after Wednesday’s Scott Servais media session, it seems as if the only position that could be filled by trade or free agency is left field.
Servais said that the second base competition is between Dylan Moore and Shed Long Jr, but Moore did enough to win that competition last year. He also said that Ty France will be in the lineup every day so DH is the natural opening day spot for him.
With Haniger and Murphy hopefully being ready for opening day, that leaves the only spot of uncertainty as left field, which for opening day will be filled by Jose Marmolejos. However, hopefully, that won’t be for long as Jarred Kelenic should be coming up at some point to take that spot.
Because of that I do not expect the Mariners to make a big signing or trade to fill in the left-field spot, and it won’t be on opening day but hopefully at some point next year the outfield is Kelenic, Lewis, and Haniger.