Grading all 12 trades the Mariners and Jerry Dipoto made during the 2023-24 offseason

Discover the Seattle Mariners' offseason trades, including franchise-altering moves and surprising deals. Are they better in 2024? Find out now!

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10. 1/30/2024 - Seattle sends a Player To Be Named Later to the Kansas City Royals for INF/OF Samad Taylor

Samad Taylor is a dark horse candidate to take over the top utility/bench role for the Mariners, and they got him for free (so far). He made his Major League Debut with the Royals last season, hitting just .200 in his 60 at-bats. Small sample size, but Taylor crushed it in AAA in 2023, where he hit .301/.418/.466/.884. He hit 8 home runs and stole 43(!!) bases in AAA last year, something that the Mariners could really use off of the bench.

Taylor can play second base, third base, and every outfield position. He will compete with Dylan Moore, Sam Haggerty, and others for a bench role, and I think he has a great shot to do just that. So for that, I give this trade a B+.

11. 2/3/2024 - Mariners send RHP Prelander Berroa, OF Zach DeLoach and a draft pick to the Chicago White Sox for RHP Gregory Santos

I honestly did not know what to think of this trade, until I looked up Gregory Santos. I was really high on Prelander Berroa, but upon further review, What I wanted Berroa to become is what Gregory Santos is today. He is still just 24 and throws absolute gas. He strikes out opponents right at a 9K/9 inning clip and limits his walks to just 2.3 per 9 innings. Santos immediately comes in to form one of the best 3-headed monsters in the back of the bullpen, along with Andres Munoz and Matt Brash.

The White Sox are rebuilding, so it makes sense for them to move a reliever for some future talent, in both Berroa and DeLoach. The Mariners' 40-man roster is full of lefty outfielders, so DeLoach became expendable. I really like this trade, and that is why I am giving this one a solid A+. This trade immediately makes the Mariners' bullpen stronger, putting less pressure on the starting rotation.

12. 2/12/2024 - Mariners send RHP Darren MCCaughan to the Miami Marlins for Cash Considerations

The last trade of the offseason (so far) was a minor one, as the Mariners needed to clear a spot off of their 40-man roster, and McCaughan was the guy who had to go. While he was on waivers, the Mariners managed to send him to the Marlins for cash considerations. That's about it, honestly. Darren was not going to start here, and now he gets a shot with another organization. It is hard to grade a trade like this, so I will give it a C. Happy for the player, but I wish he could have stuck around for more depth in Tacoma.

There you have it, a grade for all 12 trades from the offseason. If you disagree, let us know on Twitter or Facebook! As always, Go Mariners!