The Seattle Mariners apparently came into the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings ready to do what they have done all offseason thus far; desperately sign players in an attempt to save the GM’s job. It would be terrible to sound disrespectful but in all honesty their activity this week is inconsistent at best and seems destined to produce a team that is unbalanced that could find it very difficult to succeed.
Last season they had no pitching staff to speak of past the top two starters and a mix of young and veteran players on the offense. This led to a mixture that was unable to win unless one of their ace starters pitched a shutout. With the moves they have made this season, they will be the exact same way just with the highest paid second baseman in the world. Why is that a good thing?
Jack Zduriencik went out and signed Robinson Cano to the third richest contract in major league history only to sign two first basemen in Corey Hart and Logan Morrison who are almost the same except the years between them. Both have struggled and both have had injury issues and they play the same basic positions. Oh and to fill their closer role the Mariners plan to do absolutely nothing but ‘fill it from within’ because that always works well.
I like the Mariners and I’m not suggesting that they won’t play a little better and they could even have better attendance than last season. In the end however, unless they make some more good moves before the season, they are just going to have the same trouble as last season with a higher payroll. Cano could have the best season ever and couldn’t win by himself. The GM had better get busy or he will be looking for a new job this time next offseason.