During the Mariners season wrap-up press conference Tuesday at Safeco Field, general manager Jerry Dipoto was asked if Shohei Otani intrigues him as much as “the Japanese Babe Ruth” intrigues everybody else.
Hitting coach Edgar Martinez and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre will return next season in their same roles. Manny Acta shifts from third-base coach to bench coach; Scott Brosius becomes third-base coach; Chris Prieto is the new first-base coach.
Mariners have more roster pieces in place than their disappointing season might suggest, but they must make a major offseason addition (maybe two) to close ground on Houston in the American League West Division.
A 4-2 defeat to Cleveland, which followed Minnesota's victory over Detroit, reduced Seattle's long-shot chance of qualifying for a wild-card bid to zero. Baseball's longest playoff drought is now 16 years.