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Talking Mariners Podcast: M’s moves reaction, what could be next

Dec 1, 2021, 6:43 PM | Updated: Dec 2, 2021, 11:39 am

Mariners Scott Servais...

Manager Scott Servais before a game against the Los Angeles Angels on Oct. 3. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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Robbie Ray’s introductory Mariners press conference in the morning, deadline for the MLB lockout in the evening, and Shannon and Boy Howdy’s Talking Mariners podcast in the middle. We were taking a risk here, so if the Mariners add a player by the end of the night you can thank us.

Mitch Haniger helped sell Robbie Ray on joining the M’s

Regardless, another hour of Mariners talk, and this week we were finally able to talk about actual moves – which naturally led to the “what next?” conversation. First thing’s first, however, as we took a look at how the Robbie Ray deal came down and what the Mariners’ ability to sign the American League Cy Young Award winner tells us about what could come next.

Is Seattle a more attractive destination than perhaps thought? One thing is certain, this is a new direction for the M’s, a new stage of the rebuild with a number of past constraints thrown to the wind (and rain).

Since the last podcast, the Mariners also added All-Star second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier to the mix, and how that mix shakes out remains to be seen. Trevor Story or Kris Bryant, who would you rather have? Who would the Mariners rather have? And how much of an option is Matt Chapman? Howdy has his favorite, I have mine.

We could still see an outfielder added, which just adds another piece to the lineup puzzle. They have plenty of versatility, but what will this look like day in and day out? Perhaps we figure that out during the lockout.

Last but not least, for those who listen, the name I was looking for was Chance Ruffin.

Listen to the podcast at this link or in the player below, and be sure to subscribe to The Hot Stove on Apple or your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode of Talking Mariners or the new Mariners Week That Was on 710 ESPN Seattle.

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