Aug 18, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (17) hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the 7th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

2013: 1st Base Situation

The Mariners figure to make big changes in 2013 as they attempt to fit themselves into the playoff picture. The 2012 team has a few of the right pieces to carry into next season, but a few tweaks will still be necessary in order to really transform this team into a playoff contender. The organization will undoubtedly make more than a few moves that come straight out of the twilight zone, as fans have become more than accustomed to since the Zduriencik administration has taken over.

Regardless of the moves that will or won’t be made, it’s important to be aware of the fans climate going into the offseason. Fans opinions don’t usually factor into the front office decision making process, however that doesn’t mean there isn’t an interest in the fans opinion. There is no team, no money, no ballpark without the fans. So understanding that your opinion matters, but isn’t critical to the future of the Seattle Mariners organization, here at Sodo Mojo, we have a few polls for you rito peruse.

Dependent on the statistics you value, there aren’t many positions that don’t require an upgrade. Some of those upgrade will come within, and the other will obviously have to come from outside the organization. So without further ado…


All things considered, who is your preference to start at 1st in 2013?

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  • JCondreay

    I think you give smoak spring training and April to see where he’s at. If things aren’t working out for him, its time to look elsewhere. The names that I like that aren’t on there are Alex Liddi and Mike Carp.

    • Matthias_Kullowatz

      I agree that Smoak should be given through the end of this season and maybe spring training, but I don’t think the Mariners should limit their options to just within the organization. I think you all know I love the idea of Conor Jackson. His track record suggests he could be a valuable asset, or maybe he just lights a fire under Smoak’s ass. Either way I like that addition.

      • JCondreay

        Jackson makes sense, but I disagree with a potential Jackson signing because it doesn’t seem to help the future. He’s a 30 year old AAA first baseman who happens to walk more than he strikes out. Sure, that’s a pretty rare skill set, but I don’t see Jackson being a part of a possible 2014 or 2015 playoff run for Seattle. Instead, I would see Jackson being a one-year filler player like Adam Kennedy, and Adam Kennedy didn’t do anything to push the organization towards the playoffs. I would much rather see Carp get a chance at becoming the future at first base than Conner Jackson spending a season there and then leaving.

        • Matthias_Kullowatz

          Carp has age on his side, and power potential for sure. But I’m just saying that, in general, the more the better.

          We could do with Jackson what we did with Iwakuma. Give him a short-term, low-cost contract. If he doesn’t pan out, then yeah he didn’t help much. But what did we lose?