After a series of moves the Mariners front office has made this off-season here is where their projected starting lineup stands:
Your Mariners 2024 Opening Day Lineup could look like this
1. JP Crawford SS
2. Julio Rodriguez CF
3. Cal Raleigh C
4. Mitch Garver DH
5. Luke Raley RF
6. Mitch Haniger LF
7. Ty France 1B
8. Josh Rojas 2B
9. Luis Urias 3B
The top of the order remains mostly intact from last season, with new additions following behind JP, Julio, and Cal. Scott Servais could also flip Dominic Canzone and Mitch Haniger should he choose to match up against lefties or righties. Without any other current third baseman on the Mariners roster, Urias is penciled in as the M's starting third baseman. This lineup is always subject to change based on how each of these players perform throughout the season, or if the Mariners decide to make any new roster additions.
Where Luke Raley and Mitch Garver slot in will be interesting, likely depending on who the starting pitcher is. If the starting pitcher is a lefty, Raley could be further down the order, allowing Mitch Haniger and Ty France to move up. The Mariners also might decide to platoon Urias and Rojas at third if this is the roster to begin the year. This means Dylan Moore or prospect Ryan Bliss could slot in at second.
The biggest issue currently facing the Mariners is their infield depth. They likely still need to add another infield bat, and maybe even a right-handed hitting outfielder. Currently, the Mariners still lack a platoon option for Raley when they go against left-handed pitching. If necessary, Dylan Moore can play the outfield, but addressing that position should be a priority.
Also, this lineup is still missing power after Eugenio Suarez, Jarred Kelenic, and Teoscar Hernandez were either traded or left in free agency. Finding a power bat who can play outfield or infield is a need the M's must target soon. For now, the Mariners are hoping new additions Mitch Haniger, Luke Raley, and Mitch Garver will be enough to replace the guys they lost this off-season.