4 Free Agent Bats That May End Up In Seattle

With the exception of a relatively unknown player by the name of Shohei Ohtani, this year's free agent class isn't quite as alluring as last year's. Nonetheless, there are still some valuable position players that could significantly bolster the Mariners' relatively weak lineup.
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2. Justin Turner

The man who was replaced by J.D. Martinez in Los Angeles is, funnily enough, also a viable DH candidate. Justin Turner was an RBI machine for the Boston Red Sox this season, logging 96 RBI along with 31 doubles and 23 home runs. He was well-rounded at the plate, slashing .276/.345/.455 for an OPS of .800 and an OPS+ of 114.

His batting profile is the opposite of Martinez's, focusing on making contact consistently rather than maximizing power and exit velocity. His whiff and strikeout rates were 17.5% and 17.6% respectively, both figures in the upper quartile of MLB. His quality of contact did decline from his 2022 season with the Dodgers but was still good enough to keep his batting run value at 21 (86th percentile).

Justin Turner would be a great offensive addition and a good veteran leader in the clubhouse. However, the 1 year/$15 million contract he signed does have a player option for 2024 so he might not even be available if he decides to stay in Boston.