The Seattle Mariners continued their busy offseason under new general manager Jerry Dipoto on Monday by signing catcher Chris Iannetta to a 1-year/$4.25 million. I expected this move considering that Iannetta played with the Angels last year with Dipoto as the general manager there. However, I’m not a huge fan of this move especially with the year that Iannetta had in 2015 with a .188 average and 10 home runs. I know there aren’t many good options in free agency at the catcher position, but I’m not sold on him as the starting catcher for Seattle. Iannetta is known more for his defense, yet his offense has yet to really be established. He does have some solid power in his bat as proven by his 10 home runs in 2015 and he will provide some leadership to young catcher Mike Zunino. Neither Iannetta or Zunino are great options at catcher especially offensively, but I guess Iannetta is as good as it gets on the free agent market this year at catcher. The Mariners are certainly hoping that Iannetta can at least put up respectable numbers as he has in the past, but I don’t have much confidence that he’ll improve by much.
Grade: C – I can see why the Mariners signed Iannetta because he was one of the best options in a weak catcher market in free agency. However, his offensive abilities are limited and the Mariners might be better off just starting Mike Zunino at catcher to start next season.