The Mariners overperformed many expectations in 2021. Many projection systems said they would only win 70 some games. They ended up winning 90 and did this even with some subpar performances from some players in their lineup for most of the season. If the Mariners add a few bats to their lineup they can become closer to league average and make the Mariners serious playoff contenders.
Dylan Moore hit .181/.276/.334 in 332 at-bats. The Mariners gave him and others including Jake Bauers, Shed Long Jr., Sam Haggerty, Jose Marmolejos, Taylor Trammell, and Jake Fraley lots of at-bats and opportunities in 2021. If the Mariners want to make the playoffs in 2022 they need to bring on some players who can have a higher offensive floor and not struggle so much for long parts of the season.
The New York Yankees had a disappointing first half of the season and came back to make the Wild Card game and ultimately lost to the Red Sox who are now in the ALCS. They may want to go after some big-name free agents in the off-season and punt on some talented players who haven’t reached their ceiling in New York. The Mariners could be a team to capitalize on this and make a trade or two with the big-spending Yankees.