Today the Mariners introduced that they’d tendered contracts to 27 gamers not already signed for the 2023 season. Three gamers weren’t tendered contracts.
New additions to the 40-man roster, RHPs Prelander Berroa and Isaiah Campbell and OFs Jonatan Clase and Cade Marlowe, had been tendered contracts. Also, low season acquisitions LHP Gabe Speier and RHP Easton McGee had been additionally tendered contracts. RHP Luke Weaver, who was set to make $3M in arbitration, was not tendered a contract.
The different gamers not tendered a contract are C/UTIL Luis Torrens, and C Brian O’Keefe. With this lack of catching depth, it will appear that Cooper Hummel, traded from Arizona within the Kyle Lewis deal, is ticketed to get some reps at catcher, the place Dipoto says “the catching information is fairly constructive”—though he additionally notes Hummel also can play nook outfield and a few nook infield. Similar to different gamers they’ve focused like Ty France or Abraham Toro, Hummel is a participant the Mariners analytics division has preferred for some time. “Now it is only a matter of giving him sufficient runway to carry out the remainder of his skillset.”
Hummel has two MiLB choices remaining, which supplies the Mariners a flexibility they do not have with Luis Torrens. Dipoto famous that though Torrens scuffled to start out the yr, the crew plans to remain in contact and can be curious about bringing him in in the course of the spring as an NRI (non-roster invite)—though he appeared to confess that it was much less seemingly given the fixed want for catchers throughout the league. We want Luis, a workers favourite for his kindness and a fan favourite for his can-do angle and work ethic, a profitable profession wherever it takes him.
On the topic of adverse good-byes, Dipoto regarded visibly saddened when speaking about Kyle Lewis, calling him “an exquisite human being who had some actually tough circumstances to cope with.” The resolution to commerce Lewis was tough, however Dipoto known as it “the best factor to do for each events,” mentioning that the Mariners want some “certainty” given the place they’re on the win curve, and Lewis might use a contemporary begin.
However, Dipoto is worked up in regards to the younger outfield group. Obviously Julio and Teoscar will anchor the outfield, leaving, because it at the moment stands, Jarred Kelenic, Taylor Trammell, and Cade Marlowe to battle for normal reps at one of many corners. “Somebody in that group goes to interrupt via,” mentioned Dipoto. “We do wish to make it possible for we offer alternative in order that our younger gamers have that likelihood.” From that, it does not sound just like the Mariners might be super-active in in search of out one other outfielder (together with Haniger, who Dipoto didn’t point out throughout that decision), however by no means rule something out the place Jerry Dipoto is worried within the low season .
As far as additional additions, Dipoto says they have been in contact with all of the free brokers the Mariners have of their “Tier A, Tier B,” in some instances having direct contact with gamers, however he does anticipate the market to decelerate some with the vacations approaching, because it does yearly. On the commerce aspect, the Mariners have been involved with different golf equipment, as “we do have multiple goal,” even exchanging names with some golf equipment, however there isn’t a “direct hit” as of but, and he describes the tenor negotiations as “not significantly shut.” So for these of you who’ve been waking up early to play the What Has Jerry Done Today sport, it seems like you possibly can hit the snooze button…for now.