Would this player be the perfect offseason acquisition for Seattle?
The Mariners need to lengthen their lineup this offseason, but after two failed off-seasons in a row the team must be careful in their pursuits. Could this player be the perfect addition?
Last December I believed the Mariners needed to add more talent to their lineup, even after the additions of Kolten Wong and Teoscar Hernández. As I looked around the league for the perfect fit, one player stood out above the rest as a breakout candidate.
I wrote multiple articles that identified the need for a corner infielder, specifically one that could play both spots and add an impact bat to the Seattle lineup. It turned out that both Mariner corner infielders underperformed in 2023, and the lineup wasn’t long enough to bring another playoff appearance to Seattle.
For the second offseason in a row, Yandy Díaz is a perfect fit on the Mariners roster.
First of all, I want to acknowledge my hesitation with this deal, or frankly, any other deals that are made with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have elite player development, and their strategists consistently help players become the best versions of themselves.