Mariners 2023/24 FA Rankings: #17-20
#20: Joc Pederson, OF/DH San Francisco, $15.8 AAV
If Conforto feels too risky of a move for Seattle, bringing in Joc Pederson could be a safer alternative. The two-time World Series champ can provide a steady left-handed bat with pop to the DH position, while also playing a little bit of OF still. Joc can help the team on the field and could be a clubhouse leader and mentor for guys like Julio and Kelenic.
#19: Marcus Stroman, SP Chicago Cubs, $15.6 AAV
At the All-Star break, Stroman looked like a true Cy Young contender and was looking at a massive payday. Now, a brutal second half and injury concerns likely have lowered his number by quite a bit. When healthy, there's no better #3 pitcher in baseball, and Stroman can even play the role of a #1 starter for a time.
#18: Eduardo Rodriguez, SP Detroit Tigers, $20.5 AAV
Few pitchers are as durable as Eduardo Rodriguez has been. Another great #3 pitcher, Rodriguez put together a 3.5 WAR season for a Tigers team that showed real growth this year. Does he want to wait for them to be contenders, or is he ready to rejoin a contender?
#17: Sonny Gray SP Minnesota Twins, $20.3 AAV
Easily the best of this trio of pitchers similarly ranked, Gray is a true #2 starter with experience and success in the AL West. An all-star this season, Gray posted a 2.79 ERA and a 5.3 WAR season for the AL Central champs. While guys like Blake Snell and Aaron Nola will probably be more sought after, Gray is a lot closer to their tier than people think.