Alex Rios: The Mariners 4th Outfielder?

the Seatown Mariners blog


Jack Zdurenciek wakes up every morning wondering who he can find to hit clean up for the Mariners 2015 roster… Good luck, buddy!

For the sake of fun, let’s assume Victor Martinez comes to Seattle on a bloated contract, and the Mariners also resign Chris Young. This leaves one additional hole on the 25-man roster: a right-handed 4th outfielder.

The pickings are slim. Melky Cabrera is a free agent, but he’s a previous PED user—which ownership will not like—and Melky’s reportedly looking for a 5-year contract, something the Mariners shouldn’t be interested in.

Michael Cuddyer can play some outfield, but he’s mostly a first baseman (at age 36). His bat certainly looks great recently, but those numbers are inflated from Coors Field. Not to mention Cuddyer only played 49 games last year due to injury.

Enter Alex Rios. As MLBTradeRumors suggests, Rios might be obtainable for a…

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