Seattle Mariners Have Endless Opportunities At Designated Hitter
In baseball the old adage is that you can never have enough pitching, but the Seattle Mariners are entering 2013 with a surplus of hitting. This offseason the team went out and brought in some big bats hoping that they could improve upon the lousy .234 batting average that they had in 2012 which ranked them dead last in all of the MLB.
The Mariners ranked 19th in home runs last season and they addressed that in a big way bringing in Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales who clubbed 19 and 22 home runs respectfully last season. Not to mention the team traded to bring back Michael Morse who spent time with the club as recent as 2008 and is just two seasons removed from a campaign with 31 home runs and a .303 batting average.
Jason Bay will also make his Mariner debut this Spring and he has hit 30 or more home runs four times in his 10 year career.
While the offseason additions may look good on paper they still need to find a spot for all of these sluggers and there are only seven spots in the field and one Designated Hitter to put them. I can’t imagine all of these guys staying put with the already talented core that the Mariners feature on offense.
For example, last offseason the club traded Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees in exchange for Jesus Montero who is regarded as the future of the Mariners offense. Montero caught 56 games last season and spent 78 at designated hitter so I’m sure he will have something to say about these newbies getting at-bats over him.
Whether the club decides to trot the 23-year-old Montero or the 40-year old Ibanez Seattle should have options in the American League’s best division. Too much of a good thing is often not a good thing, but for the Mariners the more offensive threats the better in my mind.