What we've learned so far from the Mariners offseason 

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Could a major trade be next?

Despite many's frustrations about the lack of spending by ownership, the Mariners have gotten better this offseason. The upgrades at RF and 2B can't be forgotten. Seattle, in my opinion, has clearly jumped into the same tier as the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians of the AL, teams with legitimate aspirations for an American League championship. The moves we've seen so far shouldn't be the most significant moves of an offseason when you're trying to win the American League…so what happens next?

I think Seattle wants to add a star, but they are specific about what they want. Dipoto believes in building through trades, that is one of his core identities. While I may disagree with the extreme imbalance between trades acquisitions to free agent acquisitions, we have seen from trades with the Padres and Reds how much Seattle can get better without big bags of money being thrown down in December. If there is an option still on the table this offseason to shake up the power structure in the American League, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds is that piece.

As many of you know, Reynolds has requested a trade from the Pirates. Tired of losing and being low-balled in extension talks, Reynolds wants out and you can't really blame him. The soon to be 28 year old was an all-star in 2021 and posted an OPS+ of 126 and 145 the past two years. He has good speed, 25+ homer power, and a career slash line of .281/.361/.481. Reynolds did not have the best year in center field, but a move to left could bring him back up to an above-average defender.

If he was a free agent, Reynolds would likely be one of the two or three best offensive options available. With three years left on his deal, the price tag to acquire him is likely very high. As each day goes by, we continue to see more and more potential options signed elsewhere. I consider this a good thing for those in the trade for Bryan Reynolds camp. He's likely going to cost you multiple high-level prospects, as well as Jarred Kelenic. The price will be steep, but as we move further along this offseason, I believe more and more that the Mariners will be one of the most aggressive suitors for his services.