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Talking Mariners Podcast: Impending lockout, what happens if M’s can’t land top free agent

Nov 23, 2021, 10:06 AM
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Tom Murphy, J.P. Crawford, Drew Steckenrider and Abraham Toro celebrate a Mariners win on Sept. 10. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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In the absence of a signing or trade, two questions that should be front of mind for Mariners fans are tackled in the latest Talking Mariners podcast. Will we see a signing or trade before the anticipated Dec. 2 lockout and what does that mean if we do not?

Gilbert provides look at Mariners’ confidence, excitement for 2022

One hour of hot stove talk kicks off with a welcome back for James “Boy Howdy” Osborn and a setting of the stage with a look at the current landscape and thoughts on what to make of the early signings and what we could see in the next week. Howdy is intrigued by false deadlines whether set by players, agents or the anticipated lockout and what impact they could have on signings. Who are the surprise spenders and which team(s) for lack of a better term could spend stupid dollars? Could the Mariners be pushed in this direction?

If Seattle is not able to land a top free agent target, then what? Jerry Dipoto clearly does not want to trade top prospects, can he add a centerpiece player without doing so? Partnering a trade target with a player with an undesirable contract is one way this could be accomplished, is there another possibility that has perhaps been overlooked?

Other topics discussed include players recruiting players, the market for Seiya Suzuki, should local players be a priority and a ridiculous argument about the impact the All Star Game could have on the Mariners’ offseason spending.

Listen to the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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