Report: Mariners, Dylan Moore agree to new 3-year contract

Feb 1, 2023, 6:38 PM | Updated: 7:53 pm
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Dylan Moore of the Seattle Mariners reacts after tagging out Conner Capel of the Oakland Athletics on September 30, 2022. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The Mariners have reportedly inked one of their most versatile players to a new deal that keeps him in Seattle through 2025.

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Wednesday evening that super-utility player Dylan Moore and the Mariners have agreed to a three-year contract. Moore, 30, had two years left on his current deal and was arbitration eligible for both seasons.

Moore and the Mariners did not agree to terms on his salary for 2023 a few weeks ago and were scheduled to head to an arbitration hearing. Instead, Moore gets a deal worth $8.875 million in order to avoid arbitration and buy out one year of free agency, Passan reports.

The Mariners have not yet announced the reported extension.

Moore joined the Mariners ahead of the 2019 season, and despite having never played in the major leagues, he was given an MLB contract and quickly found himself bouncing all around the diamond.

Since 2019, Moore has played every position but catcher for the Mariners. He played seven positions for Seattle last year, and the team has said this offseason that Moore may be the right-handed half of a platoon at second base with new infielder Kolten Wong. Moore could also see some time at shortstop to give J.P. Crawford days off in addition to filling in across the diamond.

In his four-year MLB career, the 2015 seventh-round pick has played 381 games. He owns a career slash line of .208/.317/.384 (.701 OPS) with 35 home runs, 112 RBIs and 65 stolen bases, including 21 in each of the past two years.

In 104 games in 2022, Moore slashed .224/.368/.385 (.753 OPS) with six home runs, 24 RBIs and a 122 OPS+ (100 is league average). In the shortened 2020 season, Moore was arguably the M’s best player, recording an OPS of .855 in 38 games.

With Moore now signed to his extension, that just leaves new outfielder Teoscar Hernández as the lone Mariners player who has not had his salary set for the 2023 season. Hernández filed at $16 million while the Mariners filed at $14 million. Reliever Diego Castillo lost his arbitration case on Wednesday, setting his salary at $2.95 million when he’d requested a figure of $3.225 million.

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