2 moves the Mariners need to make at the trade deadline

As the postseason draws nearer by the day, what are the biggest gaps in the Mariners that need to be filled before the trade deadline comes and goes?
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#1 Mariners need: Contact Hitters

Yes, the Mariners need better offense, but it's not the whole slash line they need help with. In fact, the team's 261 walks place them seventh in the league and their 87 home runs place them 11th. If there's one area in which they really struggle, it's putting the ball in play. Seattle's team batting average of .221 is 29th in MLB and just .002 better than the last place White Sox. Furthermore, they lead baseball in strikeouts with a whopping 800.

We've seen three true outcome players like Kyle Schwarber and Brent Rooker find moderate success but it's hard for a three true outcome team to win consistently. It's a big reason why so much of the Mariners' success depends on the performance of their starting pitcher on any given day. Because high-average players are somewhat hard to find in the modern game, one might think that they would be off-limits in trade discussions.

On the contrary, they're often more valuable as trade pieces because of how much more valuable they become when surrounded by power hitters and sluggers who can create RBI with runners on base. Two-time batting champion Luis Arraez has been traded twice in the past two years despite his success at the plate.

Possible Names: 1B Yandy Diaz (TBR), 2B/OF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (MIA), SS Amed Rosario (TBR)