Three moves the Mariners must make before the deadline

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Bring in a Controllable Contact Bat

We've written extensively about the amount of swing and miss up and down the Mariner's lineup. The team is striking out in bulk, with Eugenio Suarez and Teoscar Hernandez leading the charge with rates above 30%. Even with a change in approach amounting to the offense's best run of the season, the team still needs more bat-to-ball hitters. The thought was Kolten Wong, and AJ Pollock would provide the contact approach Servais required to create a dynamic offense. Well, that hasn't happened.
The answer is contacting John Mozeliak to get in on the St. Louis Cardinals' impending fire sale. The Cardinals aren't trading Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, or even Lars Nootbar, but they could be swayed to part with super utilityman Brendan Donovan.

Donovan is a nicety for St. Louis; they already have Tommy Edman, who is essentially the same player. Plus, they have a logjam in the outfield with rookie Jordan Walker, Nootbar, Nolan Gorman, Edman, and a rehabbing Tyler O'Neill set to return next month.

The 26-year-old Donovan can play the Dylan Moore role on this team, add a lefty contact approach to the lineup, and comes with three more years of control. Additionally, his approach is actually "dominate the zone" worthy (11.8 BB /14.9 K). He uses the entire field and crushes off-speed pitches (.378). The cost might be more than Dipoto wants to pay, but this is the type of player the Mariners must seek to help address the strikeout problem.