Since Jerry Dipoto’s tenure as General Manager of the Seattle Mariners began in the winter of 2015, Mariners fans have seen a flurry of “under the radar” trades that have become Dipoto’s calling card. By under the radar, I mean trades that don’t seem all that impactful on the surface, but (mostly) turn out to significantly benefit the Mariners in the long run.
A few examples of these types of trades manufactured by Dipoto over the last few years:
2021: Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero to the Houston Astros for Abraham Toro and Joe Smith
2021: JT Chargois and Austin Shenton to the Tampa Bay Rays for Diego Castillo
2020: Austin Nola, Austin Adams, and Dan Altavilla to the San Diego Padres for Ty France, Taylor Trammell, Luis Torrens, and Andres Munoz
2020: Taylor Williams to the San Diego Padres for Matt Brash
2019: Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees for Juan Then
This offseason, I expect we will see more of the same from our fearless leader, Jerry Dipoto: Trades that could fly under the radar, but will provide long-term benefit for the up and coming Seattle Mariners.
As the offseason gets underway, let’s take a look at three potential trades (in the margin) we could see in the next few months: