A 2024 Mariners off-season plan from a fan's perspective

My perfect Mariners off-season starts with them raising their payroll. After the trade of Geno they sit roughly at $127 million via spotrac.com, I would like to see that number at $180-$190 million by the end of the offseason. That gives Jerry roughly $53-$63 million to work with.

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Sign Justin Turner for 2 years $26 million

The Mariners recently traded fan favorite Geno Suarez to the Diamondbacks and I don't think Luis Urias is the answer at third. Turner showed no signs of regression in his one season for the Red Sox. Turner had a slash line of .276/.345/.455 with 23 home runs, 96 RBIs, and a 17.6 K% which is below league average. Turner would also bring leadership to the clubhouse which was lost with Geno and Sewald going to Arizona.

Mariners payroll with Turner: $186 million

With those additions to the Mariners, what would the team shape up to look like? Let's take a look at both the new lineup and the new rotation, both of which are vastly improved to what was on the field last season. Also, it's worth noting that while $186M seems like a lot, that would've ranked 13th in 2023, just $21M above league average.

2024 Mariners Projected Lineup

1. Yandy Diaz - DH
2. JP Crawford - SS
3. Julio Rodriguez - CF
4. Cal Raleigh - C
5. Justin Turner - 3B
6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr - LF
7. Jarred Kelenic - RF
8. Ty France - 1B
9. Josh Rojas/Luis Urias - 2B

2024 Mariners Projected Rotation

1. Yoshinobu Yamamoto
2. Luis Castillo
3. George Kirby
4. Logan Gilbert
5. Bryan Woo
+ Marco Gonzales/Robbie Ray

I am not sure any of these moves will happen but I tried to be the most realistic in what I could see the Mariners doing this off-season.