Mariners Target #3: Willy Adames
Adames is one of the most interesting players on this roster. Over the last 3 years he has averaged 3.77 wins per year according to fWAR, the thing is, most of that comes from his defense. In 2021 and 2022, he put up solid wRC+ with 120 and 109, but this last year he put up a 94 wRC+. Since his trade to Milwaukee, he has slashed .242/.319/.454. He has a career 27.7% K% which has decreased every year since he got to Milwaukee and has increased his walk numbers.
Adames is an above-average shortstop, but you can't move JP off of short after the season he just had right? Well, getting Adames to be your everyday second baseman, gives you a really solid middle infield, and in reality, his bat plays up significantly at second base, compared to shortstop. He could spell JP and play above-average defense at shortstop, and acquiring Adames would move Josh Rojas to more of a super-utility role.
Adames will be a free agent after 2024, so he shouldn't be super expensive. He will definitely be the cheapest of the players we have talked about so far. If the Brewers want prospects, I could see a Jonatan Clase and maybe a flyer on a Prelander Berroa type deal. Or if they want more major league ready guys, I could see the Mariners sending Cade Marlowe or Jose Caballero with some prospect filler for Adames.