The Seattle Mariners started to address some of their needs before the lockout began. The team traded for second baseman Adam Frazier who should get a majority of his time at second base, with the ability to move around the diamond. The front office also addressed their need in the rotation by adding Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray to headline the rotation. Jerry Dipoto and co. still need to get an upgrade at third base, with Kyle Seager gone now.
The Seattle Mariners have had Kyle Seager as a stalwart at third base for a decade. While Seager is certainly the best third baseman in Mariners history, he was not that player in 2021 and is not going to be that player going forward. Seager has started his decline, and will not be getting better as he ages. He certainly had his share of moments even last year, but he is not going to be able to get the Mariners to the playoffs in 2022.
The Mariners need to bring in someone who will be a huge contributor and the main reason why the Mariners will make the playoffs, and eventually win a World Series. The Mariners have started to build a more complete team for 2022. They did not have the top-end talent in their lineups like the Astros, Blue Jays, or Yankees down the stretch. Mitch Haniger and Ty France are great pieces but aren’t division-winning mashers.
The Mariners need to add the kind of players that strike fear into opposing pitchers and opposing teams, and there are certainly a few players out there for the Mariners to add. They should be aiming high and look to take advantage of the market that has developed.