By Brian Skinnell on March 24, 2014
The Seattle Mariners had a pretty decent offseason where they acquired some solid talent. They’ve got a new manager and new faces, so why can’t they compete this year? Here is a complete breakdown before Opening Day 2014.
5. Brad Miller
4. Justin Smoak
3. Logan Morrison: Whether he’s the DH or in the field, Morrison is a solid bat.
2. Dustin Ackley
1. Robinson Cano: One of the best hitters in the game, he’ll be a nice addition to the lineup.
5. Joe Beimel
4. Yarvis Medina
3. Erasmo Ramirez: He has had a very solid spring contending for a starting job.
2. Hisashi Iwakuma: He may not be as good as last year, but he’ll still be solid.
1. Felix Hernandez: The team’s ace, look for Hernandez to have another solid season.
5. Fernando Rodney
4. Corey Hart
3. Scott Baker: He should be a nice addition to the Mariners' rotation.
2. Logan Morrison
1. Robinson Cano: He was the prize of the 2014 free agency sweepstakes and Seattle got him.
5. Victor Sanchez: In 20 starts at single-A, he went 6-6 with a 2.78 ERA. Sanchez is a very young arm to keep an eye on.
4. Austin Wilson
3. Edwin Diaz
2. Luiz Gohara
1. D.J. Peterson: He has hit .308 with a homer in Spring Training. He’ll tear it up at AAA.
While the Mariners made some improvements this past offseason, they still aren’t quite “there” yet. They have potential, but they are still a season or two away from it really coming to fruition. However, don’t sleep on them this season. I think they’ll finish with an 78-84 record.
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