The Mariners did enough with the resources they had, or they didn't. Your viewpoint depends on your faith in the front office, the current roster, and their ability to infuse the big-league club with talent already in the system. The opinions are plenty, even as the team wrapped up another series win over an opponent above them in the wild-card standings.
We floated a poll shortly after the deadline about internal options Jerry Dipoto could make to help the team make a playoff push. Seven hundred forty-one people participated in the poll, with options being the recently opt-out Didi Gregorius, Jake Scheiner, and Sam Haggerty. As always, we included a write-in option.
Well, the votes are in, and everyone's favorite utilityman Sam Haggerty edged out one of the Pacific Coast League's top sluggers, Jake Scheiner, for the top option. You could make a case for either of the two players making the trip to Seattle. As both have had solid seasons and mainstays for a potent Tacoma Rainiers' offense.
Haggerty offers versatility, late-game pinch-running, and a contact-based approach. He's also on a 25-game heater that's seen his traditional numbers jump to astronomical heights (.333/.401/1.008). Additionally, the 29-year-old speedster is a switch hitter who has a track record of hammering lefthanded pitching (career .283/.367/.867). Keep in mind every AL West opponent has at least two lefties in their starting rotation.
The 27-year-old Scheiner is a corner infielder with more swing and miss but much more possible power. He's anchored the Tacoma Rainiers' lineup authoring a true breakout season (.267/.392/.934) and is on the PCL leaderboard in numerous offensive categories. He's cooled since a torrid three-month stretch early in the season but still offers an attractive profile.
Many of you brought other options to the table, such as MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospect Gabby Gonzalez, slugger Robert Perez Jr., and even possibly having Cooper Hummel come up to provide versatility, a possible third catcher, and some speed. Or even keeping Mike Ford on the roster and allowing him to find his way out of this slump, which is a strong possibility since he doesn't have any remaining minor league options.
Current roster construction lends toward Haggerty being the next man up mainly because this team needs to manufacture runs to win ballgames a la Julio Rodriguez and Eugenio Suarez completing the double steal this week against Boston. Adding elite speed might allow this team to reach the 90-win plateau and sneak into the playoffs. Not to mention, the guy can rock a headband.