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 #4: Devin Mann

With the addition of Luis Urias, and a plethora of utility infielders', this might seem a little redundant, but I am sort of in the boat that the Mariners should trade Dylan Moore this offseason. They have taken the theme of cutting out the strikeouts and ran with it and Dylan Moore had a 33% K rate in 2023. Why not add someone who is going to give you more contact ability, a lower K rate, and a similar walk rate, if not better? Plus, Mann spent time at all 4 infield spots as well as left field in 2023, so you don't lose as much positional versatility.

He was traded from the Dodgers to the Royals mid-year, but between the 2 teams in Triple-A, he slashed .276/.387/.502 with 20 home runs, a 27% K rate, which is slightly elevated, but manageable, and an above-average walk rate at 14.36%. I think adding Mann could be a replacement for Dylan Moore, if the team were to trade Moore and try and cut out his high strikeout rate, as well as save the $6.6 million dollars Dylan Moore is due over the next 2 years.