Mariners Sign Utility Man Dylan Moore to Contract Extension

Dylan Moore retires Toronto Blue Jays’ Alejandro Kirk for the first out of the eighth inning in early July at T-Mobile Park, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a contract extension with Dylan Moore, a utility player that played seven different positions last season for them. The contract is three years for roughly $8.875 million, according to Jeff Passan. Moore, 29, has played four seasons for the Mariners. He has had his ups and downs, however, his 2022 season was considered his best, as he had an OPS + of 122 and an OBP of .368, a career high. 

He battled injuries last year, but still managed to play 104 games and fill into just about every position on a baseball field that the Mariners needed him to. Moore has begun to provide much more value at the plate, which is most likely why he got a payday. His ability to get on base more often allows him to produce more runs, because of his ability to also steal bases. Moore’s hitting stats are also much more impressive against left-handed pitching, which will help him get more playing time. Second baseman Kolten Wong was acquired in the offseason, and his ability to hit right-handed pitching well gives the Mariners the ability to rotate Moore and Wong at second. However, Moore has shown comfortableness in the outfield as well, which gives Scott Servais even more ways to play with his lineup and defensive outlook. Moore gives the Mariners the ability to give certain players such as Teoscar Hernández and Eugenio Suarez days off to DH rather than hit-and-play defense. This is not a luxury that many teams have, and having a utility man like Dylan Moore pays dividends throughout the season. 

Dylan will now serve his utility role for another three years for the Mariners, and he gets rewarded with a small raise before spring training starts next month.