Has Jerry Dipoto done enough to improve Seattle’s bullpen?
Jerry Dipoto, the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners, has been busy, busier than any other GM in baseball this offseason. He has improved his team, if not drastically then incrementally across the board, by making smaller changes to try and build around the team’s core (and most expensive players): Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz.
Dipoto has done so without a strong farm system to pull/trade from or the money to sign a big-name free agent. There is no doubt that the Mariners should be better than last season with small upgrades defensively in the outfield and at catcher as well as offensively as Dipoto has brought in players like Adam Lind who have good on-base percentage numbers. He brought in Wade Miley, Nate Karns and managed to keep Hisashi Iwakuma from slipping between his fingers to bolster the starting rotation. The only question that remains is: Has Dipoto done enough to improve Seattle’s bullpen?
He’s overhauled the bullpen from what it looked like in 2015 but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s improved. There are some holes and question marks that, if all goes well, could end up being an upgrade from last season. However, some of those question marks still look pretty big, at least from this perspective.
To read more about what Dipoto has done to overhaul the Mariners’ bullpen with players such as Steve Cishek, Charlie Furbush and Joaquin Benoit you can read my full column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: