5 players who were non-tendered that the Mariners should look at in free agency

The Free Agent pool got deeper once the non-tender deadline passed. Who should the Mariners look at?
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3. Rowdy Tellez, 1B/DH

Will Rowdy Tellez ever win a batting title? No. Will he hit his weight? Probably not. But Tellez can mash, as shown by his 2022 season where he hit 35 home runs for the Brewers. He struggled for the Brew Crew in 2023, hitting just .215/.291/.376/.667 with an OPS+ of 82. Maybe he has fallen off, but I am not ready to give up on Rowdy just yet.

Most lefty power hitters struggle against left-handed pitching. Think of Tellez like Vogelbach, but Tellez can hit lefties. His career slash line against lefty's is .236/.308/.386/.694. While that is not exactly amazing, he is not completely useless against them. He is a player, who the Mariners can get cheap, and can be plugged into the DH spot should the team not be able to land an even bigger bat. This might not be the most popular move, but it is one I can see the mariners making.

2. Austin Meadows, OF/DH

For a team with as many issues as the Detroit Tigers have, I am surprised they let Meadows go. From a production standpoint, He has been a disappointment for the Tigers. Meadows was once a top prospect in the Tigers organization and was famously traded along with Tyler Glasnow from Pittsburgh for Chris Archer. That was one of the worst trades in baseball over the last 10 years. In Tampa, Meadows hit .256/.334/.493/.828 with an OPS+ of 125. He then was dealt to the Tigers in 2022, and has struggled since. Injuries have hampered him since 2021.

Meadows can still hit, if he is healthy. His career strikeout percentage is 21.4%, less than the MLB average of 22.8%. He also takes his walks, walking in 9.2% of his at bats. He has some pop, averaging 27 homeruns over a 162-game season in his career. He will not command a large contract, and I would think he signs a minimum salary to prove he is healthy this offseason. If he is healthy, the team found a contact-hitting DH who does not strike out 30% of the time. If he isn't healthy, then cut him for almost no penalty. Win/win move.