4 Mariners who do not deserve a 40-man roster spot heading into 2024

Discover which players on the Mariners' 40-man roster might be on the hot seat this Spring Training. Here are the 4 Mariners I think do not make the cut.

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Spring Training is now less than a week away! That is crazy to think about, especially when superstars Blake Snell and Cody Bellinger are still available as free agents. The Mariners have been busy with moves being made this week, with the team claiming former Pittsburgh Pirates OF Canaan Smith-Njigba off of waivers, and adding bullpen help with names like Gregory Santos and Collin Snider.

With players like Bellinger, Snell, and others still available, no, I do not expect the Mariners to add Bellinger or Snell. Other players like Jordan Montgomery, J.D. Martinez, and Mike Clevinger are still available, not also may not make sense for the Mariners right now. The starting rotation is basically set, and the DH spot is now reserved for Mitch Garver and Mitch Haniger. The 40-man looks strong, with tons of potential. But there are still some players who should not be taking a key roster spot.

1. Dylan Moore, Utility

Dylan Moore is one of those players who are great to fill out the back of a 26-man roster when he is healthy. Moore can play multiple positions, and play them well defensively. The problem is... he just hasn't been able to stay healthy long enough to actually help the Mariners moving forward. Dylan also has struck out in 30.5% of his career at-bats. That strikeout rate is way too high for a utility player coming off of the bench.

Moore has 2 more years of club control. He signed a 3YR/$8.875M deal back in February of 2023. He managed to hit just .207/.303/.428 with a 731 OPS. His OPS+ was 104. He played in just 67 games due to injury and lack of production. With the Mariners cutting costs earlier this offseason, I am honestly surprised the team did not tack him onto a trade to clear his money off of the books. Moore is a Jerry Dipoto guy, so I am sure that is why he is still around. He will have to compete with Sam Haggerty and Ryan Bliss, amongst others, to make the team this year. A healthy Dylan Moore has a good shot, but if he has a bad spring, he has got to go.

At least we will all have this Dylan Moore moment!