Looking to upgrade, here are 4 Corner Infielders for the Mariners to Pursue in Free Agency

With relatively disappointing years from Ty France and Eugenio Suarez, it seems like Seattle may benefit from shaking up the infield roster.
Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
2 of 5

Mariners upgrade #1 - Josh Bell (1B)

There were two versions of Josh Bell we saw last year. The first was an underwhelming offensive addition to the Cleveland Guardians that posted a .701 OPS (96 OPS+) over 393 plate appearances. The second was a power bat that had the fourth-highest OPS (.818, 119 OPS+) on a playoff-bound Miami Marlins. Assuming Bell decides to forgo exercising his $16.5mm player option, the Mariners might be able to pursue the latter this offseason.

Bell might be one of the more underrated hitters in baseball. While he's not quite the best in any one area, he's very good at almost everything, a sort of jack-of-all-trades. Most importantly, despite having great exit velocity (90.9 mph on average, maximum of 114.0 mph), he struck out at an average rate and walked pretty frequently (10.2%, 72nd percentile). In today's game, it's quite rare to find sluggers and home-run hitters who are also able to avoid strikeouts and low batting averages.

Bell might be an expensive addition but his hitter profile and switch-hitting capabilities just might make him worth it.