One of the most dysfunctional franchises in baseball is under a new GM and there will be turnover. New GM of the Chicago White Sox has come out and said that they are willing to listen to offers on everyone and no player is untouchable. There are not a lot of obvious fits for the Mariners but reports that outfielder Eloy Jimenez has been drawing trade interest, has me thinking, should the Mariners kick the rocks on the talented outfielder?
Jimenez has been a really good player he just hasn't been able to stay healthy. He does fit Dipoto's desire to get to more contact and less strikeouts. He has a career strikeout rate of 23.2%, though he doesn't walk much at 6.5% of the time. He possesses big time power that can play in Seattle, even with the stigma of right-handed power hitters struggling. In 120 games in 2023, he hit 18 home runs, but that was the most games he has played in since 2019 when he put up 31 home runs in 122 games. On top of that, he will most likely be a full time DH as he has dealt with so many injuries.
Jimenez is under contract for 2024 for $13 million with club options for 2025 and 2026 of $16.5 million and $18.5 million, so he isn't necessarily a rental bat, I just don't know if he is worth that type of money, when it seems obvious that Dipoto is working with a fairly limited budget.
I fully expect Jimenez to be traded this offseason, as they are in a bad situation in Chicago. They lack talent at the major league level and their farm system isn't very good. They could have a full-on fire sale this offseason and I think the Mariners could find a better way to allocate the money to a primarily DH bat. However, you want to talk about a trade for Luis Robert... I am all ears on that one!!