TODAY: The Mariners have released Vosler, in the latest update to his MLB.com page. The circumstances behind the abrupt release aren’t known, though in some similar instances with other players, the move indicates that the player has instead agreed to a guaranteed deal with a team overseas.
JANUARY 25: The Mariners have signed infielder/outfielder Jason Vosler to a minor league contract, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. Volser will presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training.
Vosler, 29, has been an up-and-down player with the Giants for the past two years. In 2021, he got into 41 games and hit .178/.256/.356 for a wRC+ of 63. He was much better in 72 Triple-A games, with a line of .295/.385/.529, 125 wRC+. In 2022, that split was bizarrely reversed, as he produced a .242/.311/.433 line in the minors but hit .264/.342/.469 in the big leagues. The former line led to a wRC+ of 82 whereas he had a 127 wRC+ in the majors. Defensively, Vosler has played all over, having lined up at all four infield positions and the outfield corners. Despite that versatility and some positive results at the plate, the Giants non-tendered him at season’s end.
For the Mariners, their infield will likely consist of Eugenio Suárez, J.P. Crawford, Kolten Wong and Ty France from left to right on most nights. Tommy La Stella is sort of in the mix but he’s coming off an injury-plagued year where he hardly took the field. The outfield will have Julio Rodríguez, Teoscar Hernández and AJ Pollock, as well as young players that aren’t yet established like Jarred Kelenic and Taylor Trammell.
Vosler will likely be competing with Dylan Moore and Sam Haggerty to serve in a bench/utility role, with injuries possibly opening a path to get onto the roster as the season rolls along. Vosler hits from the left side and has a noticeable platoon split in his limited big league time so far, 102 wRC+ against righties but a 78 otherwise. He could potentially be used situationally since the club has a bunch of righties set to be in their regular lineup. If Vosler does get selected to the roster, he still has an option year remaining and less than a year of service time, allowing the M’s to cheaply retain him for the foreseeable future if they so choose.