Seattle Mariners Spring Training: 5 Players Who are Sure to Shine

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Seattle Mariners Spring Training: 5 Players Who are Sure to Shine

Seattle Mariners Spring Training
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To say that the Seattle Mariners have gone out of their way to improve this MLB offseason is quite the understatement. They locked up countless millions of dollars for the next decade to try and force the team into ‘win now’ mode. Spending money a decade from now to win now might not seem like the most perfect business plan but there is every reason to believe that it just might work.

Of course just like any regular business plan, a plan for a successful baseball team revolves around individual performances. For the Mariners we can probably assume that Robinson Cano will be on time and on task this season. Add Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma to that short list. Everyone else and every other position is completely uncertain. That could be a good or bad thing but in their case it might be the best thing.

New manager Lloyd McClendon seems to suggest as much any time he is asked about positions. The competition that this will create for almost every position during Spring Training is what will make this a very good thing for the Mariners. Everyone is not going to perform well. That much is certain. What they should have at the end of the spring are a group of guys who have blown it up during camp.

This is exactly the right kind of atmosphere that McClendon is probably hoping for going into his first season as manager of the Mariners. Obviously what they had last season did not work. This might not work either but they can say that they at least have some pieces in place that can work well for them. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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5 – Scott Baker

Scott Baker Spring Training
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Baker is one of the biggest additions to this team. He can potentially be a stabilizing force at the back end of the starting rotation which would be priceless considering how good the top of the rotation is. Look for his good season to start with a shining spring.

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4 – Logan Morrison

Logan Morrison Spring Training
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Morrison really is coming into the Mariners camp feeling like he has something to prove. Any time you see him talk or read something he said, you get the idea that this guy is coming to spring training ready to win any job that he can. He might try to win the first base and outfield jobs.

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3 – Taijuan Walker

Taijuan Walker Spring Training
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Everyone in the baseball world wants to see how successful this kid is as a rookie. He was great in his call-up starts at the end of last year. Expect him to be wonderful this spring and to hit the gate at full speed trying for Rookie of the Year honors.

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2 – James Paxton

James Paxton Spring Training
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Paxton is one of the starting pitchers that will have a shot at a spot on the opening day roster. I think he will take the change in Seattle and make it work well for him this spring. Look for a great spring as he strives to make the club in a solid fashion.

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1 – Justin Smoak

Justin Smoak Spring Training
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There is every reason to believe that Smoak might have an issue holding down a job with the Mariners this season if he hit Spring Training slacking. That is exactly why he will not. It will be so that the new manager has no choice but to give Smoak a starting job or trade him. At least that is what I think we’ll see. Time will tell.

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