Why Mariners should consider bringing Carlos Santana back

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Will the Mariners target a big bat or two in free agency, especially with four All-Star shortstops hitting the open market?

What happens with the No. 5 spot in the rotation? Will they add to the bullpen to take some pressure off go-to relievers Andrés Muñoz and Paul Sewald?

And then there are the players who were on the roster in 2022 and are set to hit free agency.

Mitch Haniger headlines that list. Adam Frazier is a former All-Star who had some big moments for Seattle in the postseason.

Matthew Boyd is a hometown favorite who clearly loved joining the team he grew up rooting for.

But what about first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana? In my opinion, bringing the 36-year-old switch-hitter back should be one of the Mariners’ priorities this offseason.

At first glance, it may seem odd to say Santana should be an important player to bring back. And trust me, I get it. In 131 games this year, he slashed .202/.316/.376 (.692 OPS) with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs.

 
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