A stable full of Aces. Why signing Blake Snell and Yoshinobu Yamamoto makes sense.

Seattle is known for pitching, Why not get a stable of Aces by signing the two biggest pitchers on the market in Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Blake Snell?

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Shohei Ohtani is the prize of the off-season. Who wouldn't love the 2021 and 2023 AL MVP on their team? Arguably, the greatest player of the modern generation. There's no reason to sugarcoat, Shohei is a man among boys. When was the last time a player of this caliber hit the market? Never. When was the last time a franchise had this big of a media frenzy? Ichiro, with the 2001 Mariners. The truth is, Shohei Ohtani is the best thing since sliced bread. The truth of the matter... He costs too much for the Mariners.

The Mariners are a team on the rise. Full of starting pitching, the envy of every team in MLB. With a rotation featuring Luis Castillo, George Kirby, and Logan Gilbert on the front end, teams in the league would pay a premium for that three-headed monster in the playoffs. The highly regarded prospects Bryan Woo and Bryce Miller are rounding out the Mariners rotations. Both have been named in trade rumors for Juan Soto.

Blake Snell, a Washington native and 2x Cy Young winner in both the American and National League with the Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres, is a get for any team. The Mariners need to go full blitz for Blake Snell. Although the Cy Young winner had his fair share of walks, the Mariners have proved to maximize pitching. Coming home to Washington, Blake Snell would add another Cy Young winner to the Mariners rotation. Fellow Cy Young winner Robbie Ray is also on staff and slated to potentially come back around the 2024 all-star break. With Luis Castillo and George Kirby putting up fierce campaign fronts for future Cy Young awards.

The reason the Mariners need to sign Blake Snell is simple. A high-end free agent has expressed interest in signing with the team. Seattle has a history of being a hard place to sign free agents. Signing Blake Snell checks a couple of boxes. The elephant in the room, ownership makes goodwill with the fanbase signing a high-end free agent. Blake Snell allows the team to sign a player from a position of strength while enabling a trade of Bryan Woo or Bryce Miller for a player like Juan Soto. The signing also proves ownership is willing to spend money,... on premier talent. Blake Snell adds to Seattle's stable of riches, a stable full of Aces.