Talking Mariners Podcast: 3B names to watch, Seattle’s ‘untouchables’ and more

Nov 3, 2021, 4:09 PM | Updated: 4:49 pm

Here we are, the beginning of the not-so-offseason and no shortage of topics for this week’s episode of Talking Mariners.

Drayer: Offseason starts with surprise, Kikuchi elects free agency

The 45-minute baseball conversation begins with a wrap of the World Series. With an 88-win Atlanta team taking the prize, should Mariners fans dare to dream?

There’s a lot of work to be done before entertaining such thoughts, and how could a lockout impact that work? What do we expect to see in terms of a market unfolding with labor uncertainty? What about trades? What part will they play in the Mariners’ offseason and who are the untouchables?

Last week we discussed the Mariners’ areas of need and different approaches we could see Jerry Dipoto take in filling them. Third base was of particular interest and as promised, I give James “Boy Howdy” Osborn a few names to keep an eye on. We also take a look at a position that turned into an area of need this season for the Mariners and an internal candidate that could prove to be the long term answer.

Of course just when we thought the podcast was complete we were hit with the first surprise of the offseason as news came down that Yusei Kikuchi had become a free agent after declining his player option for 2022. We will address this further in the next podcast but I give some quick thoughts in the final minutes.

Listen to the full podcast at this link or in the audio player below, and keep an eye out here for new podcast episodes throughout the offseason. You can also listen at this link or in the video player at the top of this story.

Mariners Offseason Tracker: Keep up with moves, free agents and more

Shannon Drayer

Mariners Kolten Wong...
Shannon Drayer

Drayer: What Mariners are getting in Kolten Wong, what’s next in offseason

Just what are the Mariners getting in new 2B Kolten Wong? Shannon Drayer has the details with quotes from GM Justin Hollander.
4 days ago
Mariners Cal Raleigh George Kirby...
Shannon Drayer

Talking Mariners Podcast: Breaking down Dipoto’s comments on payroll

M's pregame/postgame hosts Shannon Drayer and Curtis Rogers are back for a new Talking Mariners, with the latest Jerry Dipoto Show taking focus.
5 days ago
Mariners general hat glove...
Shannon Drayer

Mariners Notebook: Andy McKay named assistant GM; dates to watch

Mariners insider Shannon Drayer goes through what Andy McKay's promotion to assistant GM means and sets the stage for next week's winter meetings.
6 days ago
Mariners Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

Big question Mariners have to answer: Where does Julio Rodríguez hit?

Julio Rodríguez eventually settled in as leadoff hitter for the Mariners in 2022, but will that change in 2023 -- and should it? Shannon Drayer and Ryan Rowland-Smith discuss.
16 days ago
Mariners Teoscar Hernandez...
Shannon Drayer

Drayer: Mariners check important box with ‘relatively pain-free’ Hernández trade

The Mariners acquired a needed slugging OF in Teoscar Hernández and did so without sacrificing too much, Shannon Drayer says.
20 days ago
Mariners Cade Marlowe...
Shannon Drayer

Mariners Notebook: Seattle adds 4 prospects to 40-man roster

Tthe Mariners added four prospects to the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft. Shannon Drayer has the details on those players and more.
21 days ago
Talking Mariners Podcast: 3B names to watch, Seattle’s ‘untouchables’ and more