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FanPost Friday: Prepping for the 2023 Mariners “soft sell”

Jerry Dipoto publicly calls the team “mediocre” and the trade deadline looms, so it’s time to make peace with missing the playoffs if you haven’t yet

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Hello and welcome back to FanPost Friday! In spite of the team’s split with Minnesota and the return to the team’s seemingly permanent .500 status, by most accounts we are approaching the time for the Mairners to punt AKA do a “soft sell” on the 2023 season. It sucks, I know. I don’t like it, but we all knew the team didn’t do enough in the offseason to build upon 2022’s success to make the 2023 team a sustainable winner. So, here we are.

Jerry Dipoto took to his usual Thursday morning interview on Seattle Sports Radio and sounded far more dire and down on the team than at any point this season so far. You can listen to the interview here, but here are some quotes and some intrepid paraphrasing by @theJagePage, thank you for documenting the interview for the Mariners Twitter masses:

And one more key quote from Shannon Drayer:

Shortly after this interview aired, we found out about Jarred Kelenic’s self-inflicted foot fracture, which further solidified the impending soft sell in my mind.

So yeah, yesterday was a wild morning in Marinersville, and then they went ahead and beat the Twins anyways to return to .500.

The MLB trade deadline is August 1, so how they play up until then or until Jerry may start making deals will more or less determine how and when the soft sell/punt begins on 2023. I’ve made my peace with it, but let’s hit those polls to see what the vibes are like out there in the LL Hivemind! Also, make sure to listen to today’s Meet at the Mitt podcast episode with Two Zachs & an Evan because they talk all about whether it’s time to punt on 2023 or not and it’s a great discussion.

To the polls!


Do you want the Mariners to punt on the rest of 2023 yet?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    (281 votes)
  • 30%
    No, wait until right before trade deadline
    (320 votes)
  • 21%
    I’ve already moved on to next season
    (226 votes)
  • 22%
    Not unless they drop to 5 games under .500 in next week
    (235 votes)
1062 votes total Vote Now


What kinds of trade deadline moves do you um, "realistically" want to see?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Add a starting pitcher
    (5 votes)
  • 34%
    Add a quality bat to the lineup
    (363 votes)
  • 25%
    Add quality prospects to farm system for next season and beyond
    (269 votes)
  • 39%
    I don’t care, just DFA Wong and Pollock
    (418 votes)
1055 votes total Vote Now


In your heart of hearts, do you think this 2023 Mariners team can make a run a Wild Card spot?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    (241 votes)
  • 28%
    (310 votes)
  • 41%
    Heart says yes, brain says fuck no
    (446 votes)
  • 7%
    Heart and brain both say no because i am so smart, s-m-r-t
    (76 votes)
1073 votes total Vote Now

Have a good weekend, avoid driving anywhere near Seattle if you can avoid it, and cheers to all Canadians spending their hard-earned loonies & toonies to support our service industry economy this weekend as they caravan to Seattle to watch Canada’s Team (TM). Please don’t make a mess and tip your bartenders. I also hope the Mariners make you sad <3.