Whether Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto succeeds or fails, he most certainly will be doing it on his own terms.
This is what occurred to me the other day when I was considering the moves he’s made this offseason, as well as those he’s made since he took over as the Mariners’ GM on August 28th, 2015.
Of the players who played for the M’s in 2015, the only significant ones left are Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino, James Paxton and Tony Zych.
Remember, we’re talking about a period that’s not even 18 months.
With all the new faces in Seattle in 2017, it might feel almost like an expansion team… which is just my excuse for making more of my customs paying tribute to the 1977 expansion teams, the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays.
First off, let’s talk about all of the players who have left Seattle during Dipoto’s reign: Joe Beimel, Roenis Elias, Danny Farquhar, Austin Jackson, Logan Kensing, Wade LeBlanc, Zach Lee, Ketel Marte, Brad Miller, Jesus Montero, Mike Montgomery, Logan Morrison, Vidal Nuno, Tyler Olson, David Rollins, Carson Smith, Seth Smith, Chris Taylor, Mark Trumbo, Taijuan Walker and Tom Wilhelmsen.
Wilhelmsen and outfielder Patrick Kivlehan are of particular note because Dipoto got rid of them, brought them back and got rid of them again.
And, to be fair, a lot of the guys on these lists are bullpen guys, the kind of guys that most teams shuffle in and out all season.
Second, here’s a list of players who Dipoto has acquired and already shipped off again: Al Alburquerque, Nori Aoki, Joaquin Benoit, Arquimedes Caminero, Steve Clevenger, Ryan Cook, Chris Iannetta, Nate Karns, Dae-ho Lee, Adam Lind, Wade Miley, Drew Storen.
Finally, the players who Dipoto has acquired and who are still on the 40-man roster: Steve Cishek, Zac Curtis, Jarrod Dyson, Casey Fien, Yovani Gallardo, Ben Gamel, Mitch Haniger, Chris Heston, Taylor Motter, James Pazos, Boog Powell, Carlos Ruiz, Marc Rzepczynski, Jean Segura, Shae Simmons, Drew Smyly, Danny Valencia and Dan Vogelbach.
…as well as everyone’s favorite switch-pitcher Pat Venditte who was acquired but is not on the 40-man.
So I’ll admit… part of this is me playing with my 1977 template, part is just that I went down the rabbit hole regarding the turnover on the Mariners, and part is just that I got caught up in learning a new graphics trick while trying to make my next cereal box, and I ran out of time.