Seattle Mariners wish list – No. 4: Marcell Ozuna
Marcell Ozuna is another example of a player that would suit the Seattle Mariners, but it is not exactly the right time. Ozuna is a proven veteran power hitter, but it might just be a tiny bit too early for the Mariners to spend on a player like him.
The main reason why the Seattle Mariners should avoid going after Ozuna is the murkiness of the lineup. Of course, I could tell you the holes the Seattle Mariners have now, but that doesn’t really matter. Jerry Dipoto needs to assess the holes after the 2021 or 2022 season.
With the depth the Mariners have, the lineup could go several different ways. If all of the outfield prospects become stars, one of them might be relegated to the DH role, so Ozuna would be a useless signing.
For example, the future outfield could look like Kyle Lewis, Taylor Trammell, and Jarred Kelenic. And Julio Rodriguez right behind all of them. This might mean Mitch Haniger gets booted out of the outfield and slotted in at DH.
Again, Marcell Ozuna is still a great player and if Santa Claus put him under the Mariners Christmas tree, I would take him. But it just seems a little unrealistic that Jerry Dipoto would go and annoy Ozuna’s agent this offseason.
But, imagine if Santa Claus brought all four of these players: Realmuto, Bauer, Hand, and Ozuna. The team would be stacked and surely contending, but it’d be one heck of a receipt. Last but not least, an All-Star infielder…