2 Mariners fans should miss, 2 they shouldn't

What are some roster deductions that made the team worse, and what are some that made the team better?

Championship Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks - Game Seven
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Fans Shouldn't Miss - Kyle Lewis

Following a glimmering college career that culminated in winning the Golden Spikes award, Lewis was taken 11th overall in the 2016 draft by Seatltle. He spent a few years in the minors before briefly being called up in 2019 and playing his first full season in 2020. His slash line of .262/.364/.437 was enough to win him the AL Rookie of the Year, the first Mariner to do so since a relatively unknown player by the name of Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.

Unfortunately for Lewis, things quickly began to go downhill. He had a decent start to 2021, coming up with a respectable .726 OPS and 104 OPS+ before suffering a meniscus tear in June and subsequently missing the remainder of the season. After a concussion and further issues with his knee, he spent the majority of 2022 in AAA and was finally traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Cooper Hummel. After the 2023 season, he was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks.

Because so much of his career has been affected by injuries since his breakout 2020 season it's hard to say if he can still reach the potential scouts saw in him as an amateur. In the 263 major league plate appearances he's had since winning Rookie of the Year, his OPS is a measly .623 with an OPS+ of 75. He raked in AAA with the Reno Aces, slashing .371/.457/.641 across his 293 plate appearances but like Jarred Kelenic, he's got some work to do before carrying that success to the majors.

With the huge turnover this offseason they'll be new fan favorites and others not so much.