Mariners target TJ Friedl and we look at a potential blockbuster

The Mariners have made a few trades with the Reds. Could they look to an older outfielder that really broke out in 2023? We also look at a pretty crazy trade that could address all of the Mariners needs in one trade.
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Mariners acquire TJ Friedl for Bryce Miller/Bryan Woo and Cade Marlowe

TJ Friedl slots in as your starting left or right fielder, depending on where you want Kelenic (if you keep Kelenic). An outfield defense of Friedl, Julio, and Kelenic is arguably the best defensive outfield in baseball. Friedl can cover center field if you need to give Julio a day off but gives you an above-average corner outfielder.

Friedl would probably slot in behind Julio in the 3-hole, giving Julio some protection, while pushing guys like Cal, Geno, Ty etc. down further in the lineup. Friedl is an athletic player that can really make things happen, as evidence of his 22 doubles, 8 triples, 18 home runs and 27 stolen bases. Look at this inside the park/little league home run. He is just an exciting player to watch.

We have touched on it in previous articles, but the Reds would get an immediate number 2 starter to pair with Hunter Green and Andrew Abbot in either Miller or Woo. Marlowe is an older prospect who has produced at every level, similar to Friedl, he just hasn't had nearly the success. This gives the Reds another outfield option with some pretty high upside. If the Mariners add 2 or 3 bats this offseason, it makes the most sense to do so in the outfield. With that and the recent acquisition of Dominic Canzone, Marlowe could be the odd man out here.