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Thoughts On What's To Come For Mariners In 2014

Well M’s fans, once again we do not have any October baseball in Seattle and all that is left to look forward to this month is Halloween. As a writer it is fun to kick back and stir up ideas about what could happen next season; as a fan it is getting depressing going into another offseason as a loser.

This is going to be a tough offseason and making it even harder is the fact that the 2014 free agency period will not provide any blockbuster additions to any ball clubs this year. There are a few moves GM Jack Zduriencik should pull the trigger on. Solidifying our outfield, searching for a new DH and finding our 4th man in the rotation are among the challenges he faces. So here is my attempt to help him out:

- Jacoby Ellsbury could be a great fit in Seattle. He would qualify as home cooking (Madras, OR), fill in our leadoff hitter issue and be a huge upgrade in center field. But it will likely take more money than Zduriencik is looking to spend. Cheaper options at the position being Curtis Granderson, David DeJesus or even Rick Ankiel.

- I believe we are all a little bit confused about the Kendrys Morales situation, but turning the page might be a good idea for the Mariners. An option at DH might be to re-sign Raul Ibanez and bring in Nelson Cruz to rotate in the outfield. Cruz is looking to rebound after his suspension. For a guy with a lot of power and the ability to play in the outfield, he would come with a relatively cheap price tag.

- Bringing in another pitcher might be the most fun Jack has this offseason. If the Mariners’ young guys like Taijuan Walker and James Paxton continue to develop, it is scary to think what out pitching rotation could be. Imagine King (Felix), Iwakuma, Walker, Tim Lincecum, and Paxton as our pitching rotation! Where is the downside to bringing the Bellevue native back home? He is 29-years old and still has a lot left in the tank. Plus how could you doubt the man? He has been a winner since he played Mitch Kramer in Dazed and Confused!

Even with the lack-luster free agency, you have to be excited for this ball club. We are only a couple of moves away from being able to compete in the AL West. None of the free agent signees will matter if we do not have the right manager to organize the chaos. It is my hope that the Mariners choose a guy with proven experience in leading a major league club such as Dusty Baker.

Be patient fans. I know you hear that a lot but a winning season and the playoffs are not as far out of reach as you think. Happy Halloween and as always, Go Mariners!

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  • maqman

    Cruz will get a Qualifying Offer from Texas, Granderson will stay in New York (either team) or go to his hometown, Chicago (either team), DeJesus would prefer to stay in Tampa. Dusty Baker is a great guy, was a fine CF for the Dodgers and will hopefully not mismanage our young team. Kendrys will most likely resign with the M’s unless,some team makes him a ridiculous offer. I’m guessing not. I’m hoping the bench coach for either Tampa Bay, the A’s, Pirates or Indians comes to Seattle to share how their winning teams did it, especially Jeff Banister with Pittsburgh, as they have some unique approaches.

    • Dan Shearer

      It is always a tough gig bringing in an unproven guy to become our skipper.. I think that a lot of fans only want to see a guy who has proven himself elsewhere at this point. If you look at who Z has brought in to manage this ball club (Wedge, Brown, Wakamatsu, Riggleman), none of them besides Wedge had prior experience. What fans need and this team needs is a proven winner. Baker wont take this team, Piniella refused, which leaves us with who? I honestly thought Ron Washington was going to get fired this year.. He would have been my pick.

  • ricefield

    Ellsbury is the only one of the 4 worth bring in. Ankiel’s last good year was 2008. Wasn’t that his drug year? DeJesus is a fine OF but not a CF or a building block. Granderson is a low BA power hitter. Good luck at Safeco. Raul will be 42 next year. Do you really expect a year like this year? Hope they sign Morales. By far the team’s best hitter. Who cares if he has to DH. He is the best bat on the team. Nelson Cruz is not the hitter Morales is. He’s hit a lot of homers but he was at Texas. Signing Tim L. would be good if the asking price is a lot lower than his current Cy Young contract. His last 2 years suck. My wish list is Ellsbury, Morales, and Tim L. at a reduced salary. The others are like the free agents that the Mariners have been signing, second level at best.

    • Dan Shearer

      You have to feel like Z is going to go all in on Ellsbury and Timmy. He might end up putting all of his proverbial eggs in one basket with giving those guys crazy bucks, but I feel like he has no other choice.. if he doesn’t make a big splash this offseason, he will lose his job.

      • maqman

        I like Ellsbury but: 1. If I were him I’d rather stay with Boston. 2. If not then at least sign with a contender. 3. If I sign with the Mariners it’s going to be only at an over-market-value price. 4. And he’ll still be on the wrong side of the aging curve for his skill set. With Lincecum you’re buying a name more than value, I’d rather sign Vargas for what Timmy will cost the Ms, or Bartolo Colon.

  • Jeff

    I’m not down on bringing Raul back, I think we squeezed the last productive year out of him. He did very little post All Star Game, and 6 months later in 2014 could end like Griffey.

    • Dan Shearer

      Good stuff Jeff. It was extremely frustrating watching Raul struggle after the All Star break. I doubt they will offer him another one year contract but I hope they do.. I am a fan of an old man showing the young bucks a thing or two about baseball.