Churchill on Every Mariners Offseason Acquisition

The Seattle Mariners and GM Jerry Dipoto have been busy this offseason, pulling the trigger on 11 trades and signing numerous players. Here is one sentence on every big-leaguer the club has acquired since the end of the 2016 regular season.

Carlos Ruiz, C

Terrific veteran No. 2 catcher with more to offer defensively than Chris Ianetta.

Danny Valencia, IF/OF

An all-around upgrade to Dae-ho Lee and a serviceable option at 3B to get Kyle Seager a little more rest.

Taylor Motter, UT

Reserve with a chance to be useful bench player despite fitting best at 3B, 1B and the corner outfield spots — not shortstop or second base.

Mitch Haniger, OF

Solid athlete, good arm, perhaps enough plate skills to be ready to help right away in 2017.

Yovani Gallardo, RHP

Solid bounce-back candidate who posted 4.00 FIP in Arlington in 2015 and has seven straight season surpassing 180 innings.

Zac Curtis, LHP

Depth lefty for bullpen with low-90s FB and a slider he loves to throw.

Casey Fien, RHP

Depth righty for bullpen with MLB experience and no strikeout pitch.

Chris Heston, RHP

Depth righty for rotation; below average velo (87-89 mph) but has flashed back-end starter ability.

James Pazos, LHP

Sturdy southpaw up to 97 with sinking fastball and solid-average slider and a chance to make club out of spring training.

Marc Rzepczynski, LHP

Proven left-hander whose velo ticked up in ’16 (91-93) basically fills Vidal Nuno’s role from past two years

Shae Simmons, RHP

Once-promising closer prospect regained most of previous velo (averaged 95 mph in 2016) but slider and command still stranded somewhere.

Drew Smyly, LHP

Perfect fit for Mariners rotation and a chance to take advantage of ballpark-defense combo.

Rob Whalen, RHP

Despite lack of plus velo (88-91) misses just enough bats to start thanks to sinker-slider combo.

Jean Segura, SS

The Mariners have found a leadoff hitter, plain and simple.

Jarrod Dyson, OF

Quality role player is a legitimate CF glove and a huge plus on the bases.

Kyle Waldrop, OF

Lefty stick with above-average raw power who figures to start season in Tacoma and serve as emergency depth.

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Jason A. Churchill

Publisher, Executive Editor, Director of Analysis Jason founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at Inside the Park three years prior. He spent years covering prep, college and pro sports for several news outlets, both local and national, including and ESPN Insider. He served as co-host of the afternoon drive show on 1090 The Fan CBS Sports Radio from 2013-2015. He's not done podcasting yet and now serves as managing editor at

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2 thoughts on “Churchill on Every Mariners Offseason Acquisition

  1. abhi

    to elaborate – i miss the insights etc.

  2. abhi

    how about more than a sentence.

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