Shohei Ohtani suitors: Seattle Mariners
It’s crazy how many people are sleeping on the Mariners’ chances in the Shohei Ohtani Sweepstakes.
First off, there is a lot of money there for Seattle. They have only $130 million on the books right now, despite the fact that they are considered a large market team. They also have a need to fill the DH role, as they don’t necessarily have a guy to fill that spot in the lineup every day.
Seattle also has one major tool that can be used for Ohtani — Ichiro Suzuki. The former Japanese superstar who once played for the Marinerss now works closely with Seattle, as he currently works with the team as an instructor and front office advisor.
As another west coast team, Seattle has the best chance to haul him in — that is if they are willing to give him the money. I can see them giving Ohtani a $498 million deal for 12 years, $41.5 million AAV. That would include a lot of deferred money as well since Seattle is an organization that has been conservative spenders historically.