The Seattle Mariners are becoming an elite team. At least, that's what I'm convinced. The collection of players they have acquired over the last few years, and the guys they have developed would say so. But, then again, I may be a little biased.
They have gotten guys every single way, whether it be developing at every level of their farm system, or by signing guys. Heck, they even made some key trades this last offseason and some this offseason that could show to be huge for this next season.
The work is being put in, and we can see that by the way the team played at the end of the year. Oh, and they made a pretty decent run in the postseason, considering how long their drought was, I'd say it was impressive, to say the least.
And they only expect to get better, but it's because of those moves they made. One of the moves they made could end up being huge by the end of the year. I mean, some people think he is one of the best at his position in the entire league.
The Mariners got Kolten Wong, the future second baseman for the 2023 season, by way of a trade from the Milwaukee Brewers. According to MLB Network, Wong is the ninth-best second baseman heading into the season, which is honestly better than most people would think.
When you look at some of the names that are above him, you realize that he is in elite company. Jose Altuve, Jeff McNeil, Andres Gimenez, Marcus Semien, Brandon Lowe, Jorge Polanco, Brendan Donovan, and Ketel Marte, are all very good in this league.
And, Wong thinks because of the new rules, he will only get better on defense.
""You know, it's hard to really like to justify each year...I feel like defensively it was a really down year for me... I'm always going to kind of go to my flaws before I go to my successes. So I feel like that was something that I've been working hard on this year. I feel like not having the shift is definitely gonna make it better for me. I felt like I was put in some situations last year where I just wasn't comfortable, and got some weird hops.""- Kolten Wong
It's safe to say that adding him could make a huge difference this year, and I think we should all be excited for what Kolten Wong can bring to the Mariners.