In the midst of the offseason, I wanted to do something a little different as we get closer and closer to the 2024 Mariners season. We've talked about the new acquisitions, what the lineup could look like, and said goodbye to some of our favorite players as they've left in free agency or trades.
What if we get a little exciting, though? Bold, perhaps?
I wanted to spice things up by thinking about some bold predictions for what could happen in the upcoming Mariners season. I'm not going to be insane with it and say that Josh Rojas is going to win MVP, that a prospect will swipe 70 bags and hit 20 HR with the Mariners (foreshadowing), or that Andres Munoz will set the save record. Stuff like that just isn't going to happen for the Mariners.
Let's keep it more within the realm of the possible.
I want to say that Julio goes 40/40 for one of these... but I need to be bolder. Is that really that wild of a prediction? Yes, I know it doesn't happen that often, but Julio went 32/37 last year already. You telling me he doesn't have one of those in him? It's why I'm actually leaving him off the list. A 40/40 MVP season from Julio where he puts up an 8.0 WAR is bold, but I think it's something we all want/think happens at some point.
So, let's get bolder. Here are my 5 bold predictions, in no particular order of boldness, for the Mariners as we head into the 2024 season.