4 players the Mariners should target in the Rule 5 Draft

With the Rule 5 draft concluding the MLB Winter Meetings, we look at 4 of the top targets that should be on the Mariners radar.

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Mariners Rule 5 Target #2: Ian Seymour

We turn to yet another pitcher, this time, one that has been primarily a starter over his major league career. Ian Seymour is a 24, almost 25-year-old lefty who went to college at Virginia Tech. In 2021, he actually made 2 starts in Triple-A Durham for Tampa Bay. He started the 2022 season out in AA but underwent Tommy-John and was sidelined until mid-2023. He showed that he was healthy and ready to go in 2023, making his way back up to AA, throwing 42 innings on the year with a 1.5 ERA. He had solid rates for a starter with 9.9 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9.

Seymour has kind of a weird fit with the Mariners as the pitching depth at the major league level seems great, but what happens if you trade a pitcher, or you need a spot start somewhere along the season, because you know injuries will happen. The Mariners don't have a lot of depth in the high minors to dip into if needed. Adding Seymour to be a sort of long reliever, spot start type of guy would be a wise move for the Mariners and something that they haven't had in a few years.