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.
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. 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 around 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. In part two, we took a swing at trading for Juan Soto, despite what Scott Boras says.
In our final installment today, I'm giving out my personal offseason plan. I tried to be reasonable, while also trying to balance this leadership group's frustrating history, and still trying to "go for it" without destroying the finances. I personally like a lot of what Jerry Dipoto has done, and I believe in about 75% of his philosophy. I also recognize the tipping point that this franchise is facing from its fans, the media, and the players. No more half-measures or regrets, it's time to put the best team in the field.
So, without further ado, I present to you my 2024 Offseason Plan.