Hisashi Iwakuma – re-signed with the Mariners after the Los Angeles Dodgers balked at a health concern on his physical. ‘Kuma’ slides back into the number two slot behind Felix Hernandez. Iwakuma signed a one-year deal with options for 2017 and 2018.
Adam Lind – Dipoto traded Logan Morrison and with Jesus Montero as the only first base option, a move needed to be made. Lind comes over from the Milwaukee Brewers and will be the M’s opening day starting first baseman.
Wade Miley – acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, he will be the third or fourth starter for the M’s. Miley is a guy who will log lots of innings and is under contract for several more years.
Nori Aoki – coming off an injury, Aoki should be 100 percent healthy to start the year. The M’s needed a leadoff hitter and they should have one in Aoki. He provides a high on-base percentage and is serviceable in the outfield; just what Dipoto is looking for.
Chris Iannetta – signed a one-year deal with the M’s. Dipoto knows Iannetta better than anyone after being together in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Coming off a rough 2015, he will compete to be the starting catcher unless Mike Zunino figures things out quickly.
Leonys Martin – acquired via trade with the Texas Rangers. Martin, like Iannetta, is coming off a disappointing 2015. Martin will play center field for the M’s, another guy who can get on-base and plays great defense.
Steve Cishek – signed a two-year contract with the M’s and will be given every opportunity to be the closer.
Joaquin Benoit – acquired via trade with the San Diego Padres. A reliable reliever gives the M’s options as either a set-up man or closer if Cishek can’t get the job done.
Franklin Gutierrez – re-signed to a one-year deal after a great 2015 campaign. ‘Guti’ will be used as a fourth outfielder who can play all three positions.
Nate Karns – acquired via trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, Karns will compete for a starting rotation spot. He had a solid 2015 and will look to continue that success in the Pacific Northwest.
Evan Scribner – acquired via trade from the Oakland Athletics and will compete for a spot in the M’s bullpen.