Infielder/outfielder Dylan Moore has agreed terms with the Seattle Mariners, which will keep him in the Pacific Northwest through the 2025 season.
The deal takes Moore through his final two years of arbitration, as well as one season of free agency. Although financial terms were not confirmed by the Mariners, he will reportedly receive $8.875 million with the potential to rise to $9 million.
The 30-year-old appeared in 104 games during 2022, with 205 at-bats resulting in six home runs and 24 RBI. His offensive highlight was arguably a career-high .368 OBP.
One of the main strengths of Moore is his versatility. Last season saw him playing every position for the Mariners except catcher and pitcher.
In this respect however, the Yorba Linda, California native is projected to spend most of his time in 2023 offering depth at second base and shortstop. The right-handed hitter will provide a balance to Kolten Wong and J.P. Crawford, who are both left-handed hitters.
Another invaluable strength Moore brings to the table is his ability to steal bases, with him just one of eight Major League players to record 20+ stolen bases in each of the last two years. His 54 stolen bases since 2020 are sixth-most in the American League.
The 2015 seventh round draft pick shared his thoughts on the deal. He said:
“I am thrilled to continue playing in front of the incredible Mariners fans. There is a lot of talent in our clubhouse and we are excited to bring a championship to the Pacific Northwest.”
Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations Justin Hollander also shared his thoughts. He said:
“Dylan has been a big contributor to our team over the past four seasons. His defensive versatility, athleticism, proficiency both on the bases and with the bat versus left-handed pitching, are key elements to how our roster works. As such, we are thrilled that we were able to work out a deal that recognizes the importance of the role he plays.”
It should be noted Moore is currently recovering from offseason surgery to repair a core muscle. However, he is expected to be ready for opening day on March 30.
In related news, Diego Castillo lost his case against the Mariners and will make $2.95 million this year. This leaves offseason acquisition Teoscar Hernandez as the lone arbitration-eligible player yet to agree terms.
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