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So, Let’s Recap

The Mariners ended the year with needs in the back half of the rotation, power, on base ability, speed, outfield defense, and also needed some cheap bullpen depth. They also needed to make sure they were flexible in payroll for future years, since this was NOT the team that was going to get them a World Series.

So what did they get?

A middle infielder that will supplant one of their better prospects (choose one) who will will help in their power and on base ability, now. Unfortunately, he’s going to cost a lot of money for a long, long time and may be an expensive albatross by year three or four of the deal.

Two outfielders, both recovering from injuries, that probably should move to 1B or DH, thus continuing the recent Mariners tradition of having a team full of slow, defensively challenged players shoehorned into key defensive spots. Just look at Ibanez and Morse in the OF last year? Ooof.

And finally, they added a ‘closer’ when they had at least one in-house candidate who could do the job just fine, and there are always hungry relief pitchers out there for depth to be had for a song, or even a smile.

Did they add depth to their rotation? Nope.

Did they get better on defense? Nope. They may have gotten worse.

Did they get more flexible and younger? Nope. Nope. Nope.


And they’re still playing footsie with Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana, who would be decent pickups for the right price. Thankfully, they didn’t make the David Price deal as I bet someone whispered the name Will Myers in their ear.

Will they pay the right price for that muffler baseball player.


I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom, but they needed to realize that 2014 was going to be  year to retrench, get younger, get smarter and be ready for 2015.

Instead, the Mariners have decided to go all in with Cano, Rodney, Hart and Morrison joining the rest of the bunch that wasn’t good enough to win last year and won’t be ready to win this year.

Will anyone care in Seattle, though, now that the Super Bowl champs reside there?


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