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5 Players The Seattle Mariners Could Do Without In 2014

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5 Players The Seattle Mariners Could Do Without In 2014

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The Seattle Mariners currently find themselves with a winning record, due in part to strong pitching and being able to manufacture runs with small ball tactics. The following five players aren't doing much to help the club win. That is not to say there are justifiable replacements for them elsewhere, but the club would probably be better off without having to rely on them.

5. Charlie Furbush, RP

Charlie Furbush
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5. Charlie Furbush, RP

Charlie Furbush
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Charlie Furbush has typically been called upon late in games to protect leads, prevent further damage from the opposition, or to be the setup man to closer Fernando Rodney. On the whole, opponents are hitting .269 against him. His season ERA is 4.67, and a whopping 9.45 across 6.2 IP in the eighth frame of games.

4. Corey Hart, DH

Corey Hart
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4. Corey Hart, DH

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I think million is far too much money to pay an aging and injury-plagued veteran to be an everyday designated hitter, especially one who is currently flirting with the Mendoza line. Yes, he's currently on the DL, but at age 32, the Mariners would have to be completely ignorant to think a stint was not inevitable after knee surgery in 2013.

3. Endy Chavez, OF

Endy Chavez
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3. Endy Chavez, OF

Endy Chavez
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Endy Chavez brings good defense and a veteran presence to the clubhouse. However, a youthful player like Xavier Avery currently playing left field and hitting .278 with 19 SBs in Triple-A Tacoma might be of more use helping the Mariners win games with small ball and speed. He could be useful in pinch running situations or turning the bottom of the batting order over. Avery will almost likely have a higher OBP than the No. 2 player on this list.

2. Brad Miller, SS

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2. Brad Miller, SS

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Manager Lloyd McClendon keeps insisting that Brad Miller will heat up at the plate, but it hasn't happened yet. He is slashing a horrid .169/.246/.277 since breaking Spring Training with the Mariners. Now hitting ninth in the lineup, he is not even playing Gold Glove caliber defense. He leads Seattle with nine errors committed this season.

1. Erasmo Ramirez, SP

Erasmo Ramirez
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1. Erasmo Ramirez, SP

Erasmo Ramirez
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With a healthy Taijuan Walker now in the mix, it is time for Erasmo Ramirez and his robust 5.97 ERA to be relegated to the bullpen or for assignment. Only three of his eight starts can be considered quality ones, and his 1-4 record proves he isn't doing much late in ball games to give the Mariners a fighting chance for a win.