Why would the Mariners particularly be able to replicate what he has with the Dodgers (who also have a new pitching coach)?
But everyone has assumed the Dodgers want him back and he wants to be back. Is Boras just trying to get their attention or would he really go to the highest bidder?
Given the need for Howard to start at AAA and the fact that he will be on an innings limit, plus the fact that they can't skimp in the off-season, you just gotta hope Howard is your July upgrade, instead of having to acquire a starter.
They might talk to Smyly, especially if he's willing to be in the bullpen again, or if he can't get a major league deal. I don't know that I see Smyly, Pivetta and Velasquez all on the roster (I guess you add Eflin to that list, we're assuming he's already got a rotation spot but that's not 100%).
Klentak and Kapler really didn't show much interest in the opener, would Bryan Price and Girardi? They would have to figure that out together early, if you're gonna roster-build with it in mind.