By: Joey Segur
The Seattle Mariners and Jerry Dipoto sign Chris Iannetta to a one year deal earlier yesterday giving him the potential starting job while Zunino works some things out. Iannetta’s deal is worth $4.25 million with incentives plus a potential team option for 2017 and a potential option to keep him for a 2nd year if he starts a certain amount of games in the 2016 season.
Jerry Dipoto spent the last four years working with Iannetta in the Angels organization after he acquired him in a trade with the Rockies. With the Mariners looking to improve their catcher spot in the roster after Zunino had a very depressing year, Iannetta seems to be the guy to take that spot even though he only batted .188 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI’s in 92 games. Dipoto knows that it was probably a slump of a season for him and will bounce back with the help of Edgar Martinez as the hitting coach. One possible issue for Iannetta’s slump is him entering the 2016 season at the age of 32, so I’m sure he isn’t a long term fix for the catcher spot, but to give Zunino some time to work things out and let him play with less stress.
It seems every week Dipoto is adding new players to the roster. A lot of those players seem to be contact hitters which could mean a lot to the Mariners struggling offense. Let see if he can get a Ace to add to the rotation before the 2016 season starts.