Mariners Free Agent Miss #1: Josh Bell
Josh Bell was someone I was hoping the Mariners would try to sign last offseason. He went to the Guardians on 2 year $33 million deal last offseason. He didn't have the best stats with the Guardians who at the deadline dealt him to the Marlins for their push for the postseason. He was much better in 2023 once he got to the Marlins. In 97 games with the Guardians he had an OPS+ of 96, and a slash line of .233/.318/.383, he just wasn't very good with the Indians. In 53 games with the Marlins he hit the same amount of home runs he hit with the Guardians which was 11. He had an OPS+ of 119 and a slash line of .270/.338/.480. He was much better with the Marlins and helped them make it to the playoffs.
I think having Josh Bell would have helped the Mariners in 2023 and honestly the price wasn't even that bad. For 30 year old left handed first baseman. 2 years $33 million doesn't seem that bad. He would have helped balance out our lineup, which the Mariners really needed. I am also surprised they didn't try to acquire him at the deadline when Ty France was struggling. Bell has an opt out in his contract, so maybe Jerry will try this offseason to sign him.