3 recently released players the Mariners should take a look at signing

The Mariners need help offensively. Could they take a flyer on one of these 3 recently released players to improve their team?
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The Mariners will be looking for roster upgrades over the next month or so. Currently, the Mariners sit on top of the American League West division by 6.5 games as of June 15. I am not breaking any news by saying this, but they have done this on the backs of the pitchers and some timely hitting. The biggest problem the Mariners have currently is offensive consistency.

The Mariners rank 28th in batting average (.220), 27th in on-base percentage (.298), 24th in slugging percentage (.366), and 24th in OPS (.664). They rank 30th in strikeouts, 17 more than the 29th-ranked Oakland Athletics. On the positive side, they rank 10th in walks and are tied for 6th in home runs with the Philidelphia Phillies, which blew my mind. The Mariners are tied in home runs with a team that has Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, and others. Go figure.

The tricky part is finding the holes in the offense. You're not replacing Julio Rodriguez, Cal Raleigh, or J.P. Crawford. Their spots are set in stone, even with their struggles this season. Ty France is currently injured, but according to GM Justin Hollander, he will not miss much more time than the 10 days he will be on the Injured List. His bat had been getting hot prior to the injury. Josh Rojas, Dylan Moore, and Luke Raley are likely going to stay put because they have been performing.

Earlier this week, Chris O'Day wrote about 4 Mariners who likely will not be on the team after the trade deadline. He mentioned that one of Mitch Haniger or Mitch Garver will likely not be on the team come the trade deadline, which should surprise nobody. Garver has been heating up as of late, and Haniger has struggled both at the plate and in the field. Garver has been working as a catcher as well as a designated hitter, so he may be more valuable at this point to the roster.

The roster spots of Seby Zavala, Dominic Canzone, Mitch Haniger, Jorge Polanco, and others could be taken by another player, either a prospect call-up, waiver claim, or trade. In a perfect world, all of these guys would start to put up stats like the back of their baseball cards. But this is not a team that can wait out 3-5 players to figure it out, this is a team with World Series aspirations. The time to perform is now.

With all of that being said, here are 3 players who were all released or designated for assignment that are availablke for next to nothing for the Mariners. Are they perfect fitd? No. But two of them are former All-Stars and one of them hit .300 or better each of the last two seasons. Maybe one of them will find a home here in Seattle.