Sitting here in the 2023 offseason, it's easy to get discouraged and upset at the apparent lack of moves that the Mariners have made. Most fans wanted them to go out and sign a big bat, or at least a starting lineup caliber bat, to help fill holes on the offense.
They've still made additions and looking at where this team is now as compared to a year ago shows how far they've come. Remember, Suarez didn't get here until March 2022. I know it's not quite the best way to look at it, but they've still added Suarez, Castillo, Wong, and Hernandez over the last 12 months.
The reason I bring this up is that I've been thinking of why 2023 is going to be better than 2022. There are a handful of reasons, and although I know more could've been done, I still think that the Mariners are in a pretty good place heading into the upcoming season.
So, why should we be happy heading into 2023? Let's take a look at three reasons all Mariners fans should be optimistic heading into the upcoming season.