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Mariners Linked to Top Free-Agent Outfielder

Tyler Maher
The Seattle Mariners have been linked to one of the top free-agent outfielders on the market.
The Seattle Mariners have been linked to one of the top free-agent outfielders on the market. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After making the playoffs for the first time since 2001 last season, the Seattle Mariners will likely to do everything they can to improve their chances of returning to the postseason in 2023.

That includes adding impact talent via free agency, where they may have already found a potential fit for their lineup.

Brandon Nimmo Free Agency Rumors

According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, the Mariners have expressed interest in former New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who grew up nearby in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Morosi says Seattle is looking for a left-handed bat and wants to improve its on-base percentage, so Nimmo would kill two birds with one stone. The 29-year-old outfielder bats left-handed and is one of the best in baseball at getting on base, as evidenced by his career .385 OBP.

While the Mariners already have a potent lineup anchored by Julio Rodriguez, Ty France, Cal Raleigh and others, only one regular (Dylan Moore) posted an OBP above .350 last year. Nimmo would change that. as he's an on-base machine who's never posted an OBP below .367 in a full season.

Nimmo isn't a perfect fit based on his injury history, but if he can stay healthy he's capable of providing exactly what the Mariners are looking for. He's expected to fetch a contract north of $100 million in free agency, however, so Seattle will have to fork over a considerable chunk of change to acquire him.

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