If there is one thing you can say the Mariners have done well, it would be pitching development. Starters like Logan Gilbert, George Kirby, Bryce Miller, and Bryan Woo are all home-grown prospects who have panned out for the Mariners. Pitchers like Paul Sewald, Kendall Graveman, and other bullpen arms have come through the Mariners pitching lab and turned into great pitchers.
Do the Mariners need to add a frontline starting pitcher for 2024? No, they do not. But they may need to if they were to trade a pitcher or two to help get the offense going. We have already posted our "Dream Mariners lineup for 2024", so if you're looking for a dream offense go check that one out. Remember, this is supposed to be fun. Will the Mariners sign every free agent available? No. Will they sign any of these guys? Probably not. This time, I am going to go through my "Dream pitching rotation for the Mariners". Will it look much different than the real 2024 Mariners pitching rotation?
5. Yoshinobu Yamamoto (RHP)
Besides Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto could be the hottest commodity in this year's free agent class. He is one of the best pitchers to ever come out of Japan. He has a career record of 75-30 with an ERA of 1.72 over 967.2 innings. He has won the Japanese MVP twice, the Triple Crown 3 times, and has been an all-star 5 times. He has thrown 2 no-hitters (one this last September). Yamamoto has been posted by the Orix Buffaloes, and he could cost whatever team gets his services a record amount of money.
Yamamoto is just 25 years old, and entering his prime years. He has also won the last 3 Sawamura awards (The NPB's equivalent to MLB's Cy Young Award). What are the chances the Mariners actually land Yamamoto? Probably slim to none. But that is the fun of the offseason, right? This is the time of the year that baseball fans feel like kids at Christmas, wondering who their team will get. If he does not end up signing with the Mariners, just hope he signs in the National League.