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.
Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.
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