Reason #2 the Mariners will make the playoffs: Trader Jerry and Johnny Boy
Can we really expect the Mariners to make it to the end of July without making a couple of moves? I'm not saying that it has to be something huge. However, getting someone similar to the deal that they made for Tyler Anderson can be a big help to a team. He wasn't great for the Mariners, but knowing that someone is going out there and giving you 5 innings of 3 run ball every single start is helpful.
AJ Pollock, Kolten Wong, and a good portion of the Mariners bench just haven't been good enough for this team to succeed. Runnings multiple guys out there with batting averages well under .200 isn't going to cut it for a team with health playoff aspirations.
Could they find a UTIL guy with .5-1.5 years left on his deal? What about a nice 1B/DH to platoon and give France some days off of the field? How about a corner outfielder that can actually do what Pollock was supposed to do, giving Kelenic a bit of rest once in a while, and keeping Teo out of the field some nights and letting him focus on just hitting.
I could see any of that happening, and if I had to make a bet on players acquired for the MLB roster between here and the deadline with a number of 1.5, I'd take the over on it.