Mariners upgrade #2 - Jeimer Candelario (3B)
How one evaluates Jeimer Candelario largely depends on how much emphasis is placed on his short stint with the Chicago Cubs. A slash line of .234/.318/.445 over 157 plate appearances is somewhat underwhelming but it's important to recognize that he spent most of the season with the Nationals where he posted an improved .258/.342/.481 over 419 plate appearances.
Like Bell, Candelario is more of a well-rounded hitter than a one-dimensional threat. Most importantly, he struck out at a 22% clip this past season, significantly lower than Eugenio Suarez's strikeout rate of 30.8% in 2023. He also serves as a switch-hitter and is capable of sending the ball to all parts of the field.
Candelario isn't the most impressive defender the hot corner has ever seen and would likely end up being a fielding downgrade from Suarez but given the talent of the Mariners pitching staff, it's like they would prefer more run support over more defense. Candelario fits the bill and is an unrestricted free agent.