A year-by-year look at Mariners payroll

What has the Mariners' payroll looked like over the years? Let's take a look to see how they compare to the rest of baseball when it comes to spending
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Seattle Mariners payroll: The penny pinching years

Seattle Mariners payroll for 2020 season: 21st
Seattle Mariners payroll for 2021 season: 25th
Seattle Mariners payroll for 2022 season: 22nd
Seattle Mariners payroll for 2023 season: 18th
Seattle Mariners payroll for 2024 season: 17th

There are two sides to the argument, here. One, is that the Mariners are trying to play the long-game, hoping to keep their core together for the long-term. That they'll be signing the young guys to extensions to keep them around, and that's what they are saving their money for. We saw it with Luis Castillo as well as Julio Rodriguez.

However, you would have hoped to see another one handed out to either Kirby or Gilbert over the offseason, and that didn't happen. It seems like every start they make, the number just keeps going up based on how well they've been doing.

They finally signed a multi-year free agent over the offseason in Mitch Garver, and all that does is further prove how little this team has spent in Free Agency over the years. The only reason they signed Robbie Ray is because he literally called the team and asked to play here. Do you want to know who the next biggest signings are since Dipoto was brought to the Mariners?

Ken Giles, James Paxton, and Marc Rzepczynski.

I know that the Mariners have made more trades than literally anyone in baseball. I commend them for that, because I believe that they have done a better job in their situation than nearly any other GM would be able to do in baseball. It just stinks seeing the Mariners finding success, having more fans than they have in a long time, and not putting that money back into the team.