Mariners Option #1: Mike Ford
This is probably the option that most fans are clamoring for. He's been doing quite well so far in 2023, hitting .298/.412/.583 with 10 HR and 47 RBI. He also has a 1/1 BB/K rate, with both at 27, which isn't bad at all.
Ford has taken plenty of cups of coffee in the bigs, earning nearly enough playing time to amass a full seasons worth of stats, although they are nothing to write home about. At 30 years old, maybe he has made some type of veteran change, and is worth a look at a time where the Mariners have very few in-house options to bring someone in for the injured France.
There are those that think Ford may be a AAAA player, someone who will forever rake in AAA, but struggle in the majors. He's been playing incredibly well this year at Tacoma, smacking 11 doubles as well. He knows how to play first, is a decent enough defender, and has enough experience at the big league level that it wouldn't be throwing anyone in over their head.
He's done great in AAA, but there is someone else down there that is trying to keep up with his stats, and that's who we look at next.