Whether it was the financial commitment or the years needed to secure the unicorn of Major League Baseball, the Mariners were never in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. However, the market has shown signs of thawing since Ohtani donned the Dodger blue.
Where do the Mariners go from here? Unfortunately, there are limited options to improve the roster, with Mariner ownership handcuffing the front office with a limited payroll, reportedly between $20M and $35M. While the rest of the league is shopping at Macy's this offseason, Jerry Dipoto, and Justin Hollander are stuck diving in the bargain bin at Big Lots. That doesn't inspire the fan's confidence in the team building a competitive roster for the 2024 season.
Let's play a game called "How can the Mariners fill the production lost from trading Eugenio Suarez and Jarred Kelenic and letting Teoscar Hernandez walk?" For this case, Dipoto and Hollander have $30M to play with this offseason. They can make three cost-effective moves to plug the holes in the roster.