Seattle Mariners wish list – No. 2 Trevor Bauer
This one probably does not come much as a surprise because I wrote about Trevor Bauer’s fit with the Seattle Mariners earlier this offseason. Bauer is the best starting pitcher on the free-agent market who is coming off of an NL Cy Young Award.
It is unlikely that the team will sign any of these players on my list to be quite frank, but Bauer might be one of the better candidates. The extroverted Bauer has some ties to Seattle, WA which makes me think that he has not counted the Mariners out yet.
Bauer has a close relationship with Driveline Baseball which has a facility in Kent, WA. Driveline Baseball arguably changed Bauer’s career and made him as good as he is now. He works out at Driveline so often that he apparently has a home down in Maple Valley.
In addition, the Seattle Mariners are in need of an ace to lead the rotation. I am a huge Marco Gonzales fan, don’t get me wrong, but he won’t lead the team to a World Series. Bauer seems like the perfect guy to lead the rotation.
There is no doubt that he is talented, and it might be good to bring Bauer’s energy and fame to lead the new era of Seattle baseball. I feel like many of the Seattle Mariners players are quiet, which is good, but bringing in a nutcase like Bauer might actually create a nice balance.
I still think that the Mariners will not be big spenders this offseason. If Bauer were a free-agent next offseason, Jerry Dipoto’s top priority would have been him.
Doesn’t it seem like I am asking a lot from Santa Claus? Well, there are three more left on my list…