The Seattle Mariners have not been shy when it comes to their desires to improve the lineup. It is an understandable sentiment; after all, they did win 90 games in 2021. After coming so tantalizingly close to the postseason, the Mariners are looking to finally break through for the first time in decades.
Seattle Mariners reportedly made offer to Trevor Story
Some details regarding the offer are unclear. It is unknown whether or not that offer was made prior to when the Mariners acquired Adam Frazier, who would presumably take over at second in Seattle. Likewise, the years and dollar amounts have not been divulged.
The acquisition of Frazier does not preclude Story from being added to the Mariners. Frazier is capable of playing various infield spots and around the outfield. Seattle had planned on moving Story from short regardless, as they have assured J.P. Crawford that the position is his.
Although Story is coming off of a down year, he would be a significant upgrade to the Mariners’ lineup. He has produced a lifetime .272/.340/.523 batting line in his 3136 plate appearances, hitting 158 homers and 180 doubles while stealing 100 bases. Defensively, Story has been a Gold Glove caliber shortstop, saving 69 runs in just six seasons.
Presumably, that defense would translate to another position. Story could be a solid third baseman or second baseman, depending on where the Mariners envision Abraham Toro as fitting into the roster. Of course, this also depends on whether or not the Mariners are still interested in bringing Story on board.
The Seattle Mariners reportedly offered Trevor Story a contract prior to the lockout. It remains to be seen if that deal will still be on the table afterwards.