Even though the Seahawks season is over, they found a way to still make their way into the news world, although it isn't in a way that one would normally expect. The Mariners have supposedly agreed to terms with Canaan Smith-Njigba, the big brother of Mariners' young stud receiver, Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Thanks to Gee Scott Sr. for the scoop!
It's a fun and interesting pickup for the Mariners, especially after sending out a couple of OF prospects this offseason in different trades. CSN is only entering his age-25 season, so he is young enough to be listed as a good get in the prospect world.
Canaan Smith-Njigba presents an interesting signing for the Mariners farm system
It was a bit surprising to see him let go by the Pirates, in part because of how young he was. Unfortunately, he ended up as part of their 40-man roster crunch and is seemingly coming to the Mariners on a Minor League deal. Details haven't come out yet, but one would assume that he is going to get an invite to Spring Training, taking one of the spots that Gabriel Gonzalez or Cade Marlowe would've had.
Although he struggled in limited time in the majors in 2023, CSN had great numbers in AAA Indianapolis. He slashed an impressive .280/.366/.473 with 15 HR and 21 steals across 105 games. It was a massive increase in power compared to his past and will be worth monitoring. If he can be a power/speed threat, he could sneak into a Mariners callup at the first opportunity.
Although the Mariners have filled out their 40-man, it wouldn't be surprising to see them make a change if someone stood out and impressed at Spring Training. CSN could be that guy, and it could make for a really fun time for Seattle fans being able to root for a Smith-Njigba not just in a Seahawks jersey, but for his brother in a Mariners jersey as well.