Welcome everyone to one of the most enjoyable parts of the year for baseball fans: Hot Stove season! One of the best parts about the MLB offseason is how quickly it starts after the World Series has finished (we’re not going to talk about that…sigh). Players can be traded already and free agency will begin on November 6th.
The good news, the Seattle Mariners have the opportunity to get the stench off of a truly disappointing 2023 season, and the embarrassing sequences that followed. The Bad news, or at least potentially bad news, is that the fanbase is divided, to say the least, on their belief in John Stanton opening the checkbook, and Jerry Dipoto being able to sign legitimate stars and valuable depth that this roster needs if it's goal is to truly win a championship.
This week, we will look at 3 potential offseason plans that could capture the hearts of not just the fans of the Seattle Mariners, but the players themselves. Each plan will be based on how Seattle's leadership may approach such a critical offseason. In our first installment, we looked at what the Mariners could look like if they were able to land Shohei Ohtani. Today, we’re going to take a look at Seattle making one of the biggest trades in the franchise’s history…getting Juan Soto. What would it cost, how much does it open the 2024 window, and does it shrink the long-term window if he doesn’t resign?