5 Former Mariners we would love to see back in 2024

Free Agency is always wild. If the Mariners are looking to fill out some of their potential openings, here are some familiar faces they could bring back in 2024
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Some pitching options who could return for the Mariners

Carl Edwards Jr - RP

He was barely here, yes, I know that. He pitched only 4.2 innings with the team during the shortened 2020 season. I took a liking to him from watching him take part in the MLB the Show contest that a player from each team participated in. However, he's been pretty darn good the last two seasons, compiling a 3.07 ERA and ERA+ of 133 over 93.2 IP. Might be a fun flyer if there is an opening at the back of the bullpen, and the skip over any of the big names available... like Josh Hader.

Keynan Middleton - RP

Middleton was in Seattle for one full season, and performed to mixed results. He walked a ton of people, but had a decent FIP of 4.49. He's looked better the last two seasons while in ARI/CHW/NYY, with a 3.86 ERA, a BB/9 of 3.5, and a K/9 of 10.5. Could he turn into a version of Steckenrider/Topa/Speier, and find a great season with the Mariners?

James Paxton - SP

This one is pure greed on my part. I really enjoy watching Paxton pitch. He had a good season going in Boston before, presumably, getting tired over the last few starts. Through 16 outings, he had an ERA of 3.34, a FIP of 4.08, and was going about 5.1 IP per start. Just 2.4 BB/9 and 9.7 K/9 showed that he still had good stuff. Would getting him on the staff as the Mariners 5th or 6th starter, possibly long relief guy be possible? I know the Mariners are loaded at pitching (when healthy), but last year showed the need for a vet when people get tired. Paxton would be a fun short-term fit there.

Is there anyone I missed? Or anyone that you think we should stay away from in lieu of someone else? Let us know, and as always... Go Mariners!