Reason #1 to Stay: A willingness to play the long game
We move on to the positives now, as I always believe it's better to end on a strong note than to finish by dwelling on the negatives. It can be hard as a fan to "trust the process" and deal with all the "54%" stuff that we heard about. Yet, we as Mariners fans find ourselves in a great position, especially to any of those moments from the past 20 or so years.
Think about it. A farm system that is pushing the top 10, a young core, and a team that is pushing as a top 10 team in baseball. It's a good spot to be in.
Even this offseason, they laid out their plan for how to improve. They wanted to remove strikeouts from the lineup, and go with more of a plate control ideal. It hasn't been a massive change, but Garver/Raley/Haniger strike out less than Murphy/Kelenic/Teo. Same goes for Urias compared to Geno.
It sounds like there is still another move or two to be made as well for the Mariners this offseason. They are taking their time, not reacting in a brash manner, and getting the best values possible instead of reacting too emotionally and losing deals. That's a big reason why...