The Seattle Mariners have moved on from Kyle Seager and are in need of a third baseman. If there is one thing that Mariners’ general manager Jerry Dipoto has proven during his tenure, it is that he does not care which team he is dealing with.
Dipoto has also stated his desire to have a team that is much more dynamic. The Mariners are expected to be heavily involved in free agency, looking for upgrades to their lineup and pitching staff. They have money to spend, a hunger to return to the postseason, and a solid core.
Matt Chapman could help on both ends. While he is not going to take the mound, his defense at the hot corner can make a difference to a pitching staff, getting to those weak grounders down the line or that hot smash that would have been destined for the corner. He would also be able to replace Seager’s pop in the lineup, keeping a potentially dangerous bat with upside at third.
The Mariners have the prospects to pull off such a deal. Even if there was to be a divisional tax for sending Chapman to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has done an impressive job of rebuilding their farm system as they have gotten ready to contend. It is now a matter of getting those pieces needed to take that final step.
The Seattle Mariners have an opening at third base for the first time in over a decade. Matt Chapman could be the perfect player to take over.