If the team isn’t going to go after Trevor Story, then Kris Bryant is arguably just as much of a win. I know there are plenty of fans out there who actually want Bryant more than Story. If the team can get either of them, I think it is a massive and incredible get for the franchise.
Dipoto has stated that he is looking for players with adaptability and versatility. In the past, it would’ve meant that the team was going to go out and sign some near replacement level utility guy. Someone who was a fourth outfielder or backup infielder that could play a handful of positions. I’m sure there are some of us who see that in his statement this go around as well.
I don’t think it’s the case. We already have guys that can do that like Toro and Moore. What Bryant provides is a rare combination of stardom and utility. He can play third, left, right, and has dabbled at first, shortstop, and center. If the team is able to get him, he would likely step in as the main third baseman to replace the recently departed Seager.
The real hope in signing Bryant is that he can get back to the player that he was during his first five years in the league. .284/.385/.516, 30+ 2B, nearly 30 HR. It’s the kind of punch that could really make an impact for the Mariners, helping their offense rise up and finally get the M’s back into the playoffs. He’s gonna be more money than Story, but something around 6-162 would likely get it done.