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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These 3 moves would commit a lot of money to free agents but would transform this roster and the only long-term commitment would be to Yamamoto, who is a young free agent. In this scenario, the Mariners would trade Bryce Miller or Bryan Woo for a young, club-controlled corner outfielder, maybe someone like Randy Arozarena, Josh Lowe, Kerry Carpenter, or Lane Thomas.

This becomes a very solid lineup from top to bottom with at least similar, possibly better power, and a lot fewer strikeouts. Below I have listed my theoretical lineup with that trade as well as rotation with the Yamamoto signing. Keep in mind, if you got Robbie Ray back, your #5 becomes Robbie Ray or Logan Gilbert, and Miller or Woo is your #6, that is without a doubt the best rotation in baseball.

1. JP Crawford - SS
2. Julio Rodriguez - CF
3. Acquired Left Fielder
4. Jorge Soler - DH
5. Jeimer Candelario - 3B
6. Cal Raleigh - C
7. Jarred Kelenic - RF
8. Ty France - 1B
9. Josh Rojas/Luis Urias - 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Luis Castillo
2. George Kirby
3. Yoshinobu Yamamoto
4. Logan Gilbert
5. Bryan Woo/Bryce Miller - whoever is not traded