#10 Seattle Mariners
2016 Run Differential: +61
Best Offseason Move: Acquiring Danny Valencia
Worst Offseason Move: Trading Taijuan Walker
In case you hadn’t noticed, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto likes to make trades.
The M’s brought in nearly an entire roster’s worth of players in the offseason.
Dipoto flipped pitching prospect Paul Blackburn to the Oakland Athletics for the versatile Danny Valencia in mid-November to kick off the winter.
Seattle would go on to make deals for James Pazos, Taylr Motter, Richie Shaffer, Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger, Zac Curtis, Max Povse and Robert Whalen before the month was out.
December, unsurprisingly, brought more trades.
The M’s essentially swapped Nate Karns and Seth Smith for Jarrod Dyson and Yovani Gallardo in a pair trades with Kansas City and Baltimore respectively.
Dipoto was also able to turn two prospects into Shae Simmons and Mallex Smith in mid-January.
Smith wouldn’t stay with the M’s long, heading to Tampa Bay on the same day in a trade that sent former Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly to the Pacific Northwest.
Overall, the only deals that could come back to haunt the Mariners involve a pair of young pitchers.
Walker has the potential to be an ace, and seemed like a steep price to pay for Segura. Elsewhere, Luiz Gohara—who was part of the deal with Atlanta to get Mallex Smith—has done nothing but miss bats in the minors.
He pitched to a 1.81 ERA and 10.5 punch outs per nine frames in the low minors in 2016.
Otherwise, Dipoto has done well to restock the team ahead of a playoff push this season.