3 players on the Mariners holiday wish list ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

With Winter Meetings set to begin and the Mariners being very active in both the trade and free agent market, we look at who should be atop their free agent holiday wish list.

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Mariners Free Agent #2: Jorge Soler

Soler is one of the biggest bats on the free agent market and would certainly give the Mariners a lot of thump. In 2023, he hit 36 home runs and had a .512-slugging percentage, which was good for a 126 wRC+. You would think someone with that much power strikes out a lot, right? Well, that's where I think Soler fits this team really well, he had a 24.3% K rate and a 11.4 walk rate, both are very solid numbers.

People are worried about the loss of home runs with the departures of Teoscar Hernandez and Geno, but they only combined for 48, where Soler hit 36. Soler almost seems like too obvious of a fit for what Dipoto is trying to do with this roster right now as he gives you a really good everyday DH with serious pop, low strikeout rate and good walk rates. He would like great on the lineup card hitting in the 3 or 4 hole every day.

Soptrac has Soler's estimated market value at a 4-year deal worth $55.7 million, giving him $13.9 AAV. MLB Trade Rumors predicted a 3-year deal at $45, for an AAV of $15 million. I think both of these are relatively close to what he should get. If the Mariners didn't want to commit a longer term, maybe they could do a 2-year deal worth $36 million and a 3rd year vesting or club option for $13 million. Or if they are comfortable extending it, maybe the Mariners could do a 3-year deal worth $44 million.