3 Mariners That Could Be Worth More As Trade Pieces

Who are some of the players that could be worth more to another team than they are to the Mariners heading into 2024?

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#2 Dylan Moore

Moore's utility combination of second base and left field make him a uniquely versatile player. Combined with his above-average offensive production over the past 2 years, he's been one of the more underrated pieces on the Mariners. In 2023 he slashed .207/.303/.428 for an OPS+ of 104 over 165 plate appearances.

A true power hitter, one would have expected Moore's elite barrel-rate (16.9%) and hard-hit rate (44.9%) to have resulted in more than just seven home runs and nine doubles. His limited playing time was partially to blame (he had the fewest plate appearances since the COVID-shortened 2020 season), but when he was able to connect, he made an impact.

While a valuable member of the squad over the past five years, it's clear that he's never really had a stable spot in the lineup. Furthermore, with three other second basemen on the depth chart and #1 ranked prospect Cole Young getting better by the day, Moore would probably be able to find a more full-time spot elsewhere.

Potential Landing Spots

Dylan Moore would add the most value to teams that need either a second baseman or corner outfield. This should theoretically double the number of potential suitors. The Toronto Blue Jays saw deflated offensive production from Daulton Varsho, despite his defensive prowess, and are also a bit lacking at second base. Acquiring Moore could allow them to have more roster flexibility and keep Moore's plus-bat while maintaining Varsho's plus-glove. Depending on how they feel about Davis Schneider's sustainability, a one-for-one swap could be an intriguing move. Otherwise Cavan Biggio could be helpful at third base.

The Minnesota Twins might also be keen to add Moore as a full-time outfielder, given their rich talents at second base. A trade for Jorge Polanco or Willi Castro would require additional pieces from Seattle but Kyle Farmer could be a cheaper, slightly-less-effective name to take for the hot corner.