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5 Questions the Seattle Mariners Must Answer During Spring Training

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5 Questions the Seattle Mariners Must Answer During Spring Training

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Without a doubt there are few teams in MLB who can claim to have spent more money or to have changed more areas than the Seattle Mariners. This is a team that was not good last year and they felt they should have been. In order to fix that problem they decided to go sign one of the best players in baseball to one of the largest contracts in the game. One player is not the answer to all of their problems however.

Luckily it seems that the Mariners staff knew that Robinson Cano would not be the only magical player they needed to suddenly win 90 games. To try and make that happen they really did a lot of more minor changes. While Cano’s production really doesn’t seem to be in question at this point in his career, the other moves they made are not as certain and do include questions. One such question would be what impact pitcher Scott Baker will have on the roster during camp.

Though that is a good question it didn’t make the top five questions that the Mariners and their GM need to answer most of all. Of course the Mariners aren’t the only team with questions to answer. Every team in MLB has a list of difficult issues to get passed. It could be truthfully said though that the answers to these questions will have a large impact on the season that the Mariners will be able to put together. Without any further delay, here are the Mariners five biggest questions.

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5 – How Will Corey Hart Perform?

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There is little reason to argue about Hart’s potential to have an impact on a baseball team. His history clearly shows that when he puts it all together he is a season-changing kind of player. He could well be that kind of player for the Mariners. It has been a while since he has played however and the question will remain until he proves he is on target with timing down and is ready to go. Will he be a top performer for the Mariners?

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4 – Will Michael Saunders Earn Regular Playing Time?

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There have been a lot of changes in the outfield for the Mariners and more could be on the way. Either way, Saunders has something to prove early and often in Spring Training if he wants to keep his name a prominent one in the everyday duties of the Mariners. They have a lot of options and he could fall through the cracks if he does not shine brightly.

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3 – Will the Mariners Add Another Starting Pitcher?

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The addition of Scott Baker could have an impact and it could have little or no impact on this team. They are a very young starting rotation however which might lead them to go after at least one more veteran arm to compete for a spot this spring. I think they definitely should to help ensure they get the best team on the field.

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2 – How Will Taijuan Walker React to Expectations?

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Walker didn’t have many starts last season but still he is expected to be the next big thing behind the current aces in Seattle. Nothing is guaranteed in the game of baseball however. Walker will need to make the most of his 2014 big league camp. He likely has a spot on the roster and has the potential to be something special. What will he do with the added pressure?

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1 – Will Logan Morrison Show up in a Big Way?

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The trade that brought over Morrison could be one of the best trades of the entire offseason or it could be a flub. Morrison has a boatload of potential and already seems to be chomping at the bit to prove his worth to his new team. That is a good sign but how it translates onto the field could be the most important question the Mariners answer all camp long.