Final Grade: B
The Mariners did a great job in not giving away too much talent this offseason, as well as re-signing their top two free agents. Jerry Dipoto did a lot of wheeling and dealing, but I’m not convinced the team is significantly better than it was last season. Some of the guys that were acquired, like Benoit, Cishek, Aoki, Iannetta, and Miley, all come with huge question marks when regarding age, durability, or performance.
While it may not be significantly better, I think that the team will be more competitive for a division title than it was in 2015. Personally, I believe that Cishek, Iannetta, Martin and Miley will likely bounce back from down seasons in 2015 and be helped by a little change of scenery. Having guys like Miller, Morrison, and Trumbo off the roster will create a bit more stability on the field as everyone will, more or less, have a set position and role on the team.
While the Mariners may have been able to pull off a larger move to net a better starter than Miley to complement Felix Hernandez, I think staying pat on what they have instead of paying this offseason’s high price for pitching in terms of prospects or dollars was the better move. While I don’t think that this is a 95-win ball club, I think that competing with the one-dimensional Rangers and the young, unproven Astros is certainly within the realm of possibility.