The Seattle Mariners were a very respectable 26-33 going into Wednesday’s action. There is a burning question in my mind for this team moving forward, though. Will this be the year where the Mariners decide to bring something in around Felix Hernandez? He moved to 7-4 with a win on Tuesday night with a 2.58 ERA. He just signed that massive new contract in the offseason, so he will be in Seattle for a long time. You can’t leave your ace out there with no help for too much longer, though, if you want to win a championship.
The moves to get Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse in the offseason were smart and the team is much better because of them. The progression of Nick Franklin is something to watch for in the middle infield and Justin Smoak looks like he will be manning first base for a long time to come. It may be time, though, to try to get another starter to put behind King Felix in the rotation.
They tried it once before with Cliff Lee without much success. I think it is time to try it again and see where it goes. The biggest free agent pitchers right now would be Matt Garza and Josh Johnson. I could easily see the Mariners trying to lure one of those two to the Pacific Northwest in the offseason.
There is only so much you can do with Aaron Harang and Jeremy Bonderman in the rotation. I think Seattle must make it a priority to get a big-name starting pitcher this offseason to support the efforts of Hernandez.