Filling out the Mariner lineup

The Seattle front office could fill out the lineup with trades for 29-year-old outfielders Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from Arizona and Max Kepler from Minnesota. The resulting lineup with Steamer's 2023 wRC+ projections:

C Cal Raleigh S 114
1B Ty France R 129
2B Kolten Wong L 109
SS J.P. Crawford L 109
3B Eugenio Suarez R 107
RF Max Kepler L 108
CF Julio Rodriguez R 142
LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. R 116 / Jarred Kelenic L 105
DH Teoscar Hernandez R 119

It seems like a Mariner plan. :)

Baseball Trade Values assigns modest surplus values of $5.6 million for Gurriel and $5.8 million for Kepler. Seattle's competitive balance draft pick alone has a listed value of $6.2 million. The Mariners could likely afford Gurriel, who is owed $5.4 million next season, and Kepler, who is owed $8.5 million in 2023 with a team option for 2024.

The Mariners could rotate Julio Rodriguez, Teoscar Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Max Kepler and Jarred Kelenic through the OF/DH slots (hoping that Gurriel can learn first base give Ty France an occasional break). The rotation is deep enough to provide insurance against another Kelenic underperformance.

The resulting lineup would provide improved defense if this year's Fielding Bible voting is any indication:

Of course Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is no Bryan Reynolds.

Steamer projects Gurriel with a 2023 WAR of 1.5 in 126 games and Reynolds with a 2023 WAR of 4.0 in 150 games. Curiously Steamer projects Gurriel with a wRC+ of 119 and Reynolds with a wRC+ of 125. The defensive metrics favor Gurriel although a move off center field would likely help Reynolds.

Just my current thoughts.