The Seattle Mariners are still looking for help at second base. And once again, they are looking to the trade market.
That was the case during the 2021-22 offseason as well. The Mariners had looked at the impressive shortstop class to potentially find options at second last year before ultimately trading for Adam Frazier. Unfortunately, Frazier did not work out as hoped, and is currently a free agent.
Seattle Mariners in same spot at second base
Such is the case again this offseason. The Mariners are again looking at the shortstop market to fill their hole at second base. And again, if that does not work, they are looking at the trade market, with Gleyber Torres and Kolten Wong reportedly among their top interests.
Torres would be a slightly longer term answer at the keystone as he is under team control through 2024. He posted a solid .257/.310/.451 batting line with 24 homers and 28 doubles in what was a bounceback season. He also fared well defensively, saving nine runs at second as he has worked to turn himself into a solid defensive option at the position.
Wong, meanwhile, is more noted for his defense as a two time Gold Glove winner. He has typically been a league average hitter, but is also coming off of a season where he posted a career best 118 OPS+. Wong hit 15 homers and 24 doubles while stealing 17 bases. He could be the type of solid all around player that the Mariners are looking for in the lineup.
The Mariners are not content with reaching the postseason and advancing beyond the first round. Their impressive battle with the Astros showed that they are closer to being a threat for the World Series than one may have thought. Bringing in someone such as Torres or Wong could help make the difference.
The Seattle Mariners are leaving no stone unturned as it comes to their infield. They are reportedly eyeing the trade market in their hunt for a second baseman.