Seattle Mariners have specific type in mind for third base

Sep 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant (23) reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant (23) reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Seattle Mariners are not shy when it comes to stating their interest in players. General manager Jerry Dipoto is more than willing to say what he is looking for, whether it is a quest to make a more dynamic roster or that he is going after a specific type of player. More often than not, Dipoto eventually gets his man, even if it takes months.

As such, it should not be a surprise that Dipoto was upfront regarding his plans once the lockout ends. As Bob Nightengale noted, those plans involve adding a powerful right handed bat, preferably at third base.

Seattle Mariners have specific players in mind at third base

Fortunately for Seattle, there are a few options that fit that model. The problem is that those options are going to be expensive, either in terms of dollars spent or the prospect cost to bring them on board.

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Kris Bryant is the obvious option. He would certainly fit what the Mariners are looking for – a power hitting option at the hot corner who also has the ability to play different positions. Although Seattle already has a glut of outfielders, his ability to play either corner outfield spot would help make the roster that much more dynamic.

Matt Chapman may not have that same versatility, but he has other advantages. One of the best defensive third basemen in the game, he would give the Mariners an immediate boost with the glove, pairing with J.P. Crawford to give Seattle enviable defense on the left side of the infield. Despite his recent struggles with strikeouts, Chapman has still been able to get on base and hit for power.

Josh Donaldson may also be a possibility. Although the Twins have stated that they are looking to contend in 2022, they have plenty of holes on their roster. Donaldson is making $50 million over the next two seasons, which could limit the prospect cost for the Mariners. However, he can still hit for power when healthy, and having Abraham Toro on the roster could allow Seattle to give Donaldson the time off needed to remain a productive part of the lineup.

The Mariners have other needs as well. They are looking for another piece for the rotation and could use more help in the bullpen. However, it is clear that they feel that their time is now as they look to return to the postseason for the first time in over two decades.

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The Seattle Mariners are looking for a right handed power bat and need help at third base. For the right price, they might find both pieces in the same package.