Solano has long been one of my favorite targets for the Mariners this offseason. After the Mariners acquired Luis Urias, it looked like he would fill a sort of utility role. With Eugenio Suarez, Josh Rojas, Dylan Moore, Sam Haggerty and Jose Caballero on the roster at that time, Solano's fit was hard to see. Fast forward to Suarez being traded to Arizona as well as Caballero to the Rays and Solano starts to fit into this roster a little better.
Solano isn't the impact bat that Bellinger, Soler, or Rhys Hoskins could be, what what he does really well is control the zone, spray the ball around and just hits the ball really well. Solano has posted a wRC+ over 100 every year since 2019 (if you want consistency, it doesn't get much more consistent). Solano isn't a great defender, but as a utility infielder that can fill in at virtually every infield, spot minus shortstop, he would be very valuable to this team. He can come off the bench, rotate with Rojas or Urias at second and third base, and if Ty France struggles, he can become a very solid hitting first baseman. It also gives you a solid DH for when Mitch Garver has to go on the IL.
Solano isn't going to break the bank either. As a 36-year-old journeyman infielder, his big paydays are in the rearview mirror. Spotrac estimates his market value at one-year and $5.4 million. With a team estimated to have around $17-$25 million leftover, this is a really good deal that could add some really solid depth at a bargain. With the Caballero trade, I can return to pounding the drum for the Mariners to add Solano!