1. We need a bat at the top of the order. We need a true leadoff hitter who can pop a few. We need someone who is fast and can consistently get on base. His OBP from last year was .426. Mariners Team OBP was .306. His OBP was .12 higher than us. The only player who came close to that in the team was Kyle Seager at .338. Right now batting leadoff we have a mixture of Dustin Ackley, Endy Chavez, and Brad Miller. Ackley and Chavez are really more like 7-8-9 hitters. Brad Miller is okay but I feel that he would be great at the 2 spot in the order. I predict that we can woo him for about 5-6 years and 100-120 Million.
1. By the end of last year the left side of the infield was collapsing. They were committing silly errors like dropping a catch, or overthrowing. That is to be expected when the most experienced player was Kyle Seager. He is 25 years old. Not quite a veteran yet. Signing Stephen Drew would not be the best thing offensively. They would be placing a career .264 hitter who has averaged 117 games per season. That would also mean platooning Brad Miller and Nick Franklin. Franklin would hit against lefties (.727 OPS). And Miller would hit against righties (.767 OPS). However this signing is not very likely because the Mariners have a young infield that can play for years to come. If they could sign him, I predict him to come at 2 years and 30-32 Million.
1. I like Mike Napoli. He is a good hitter. If only he didn’t have a hip problem that forces him at First Base. He is a career .259 hitter and would fit perfectly in the heart of the Mariners order. He is a better option at DH that Morales in terms of offense, and he is also a better player at defense at First Base that Smoak. Only problem is hip. That is a point for concern and was the reason that last the Red Sox cut his contract down from 3 years and 39 Million to 1 year and 5 Million. On the other hand he got a personal best 92 RBI last year. As well as 129 hits. He also played the most games he has played since 2010. If we can get him, I predict that it will be around 3-4 years and 45-50 Million.
1. McCann is a great hitter and good catcher. He is a career .277 hitter. He would be perfect for the DH and #4 spot in the order. The Mariners already have a Franchise Catcher in Mike Zunino. Plus McCann is old and only useful to the Mariners offensively and perhaps as a back-up/mentor to Zunino. He has hit an average of 20 homers per year. However he is injury prone and has not played more than 145 games per year since 2008. His season average is 122 games. This will probably move up to about 135-145 games if the Mariners move him to full-time DH. If we can get him, I predict that it will be for 5 years and 90 Million.
All stats were looked up on espn.go.com.