In response to hill55's comment:
In response to Ice-Cream's comment:The Mariners did the right thing by signing their ace to an extension. But the Mariners are far from becoming a playoff team.
But at least the Mariners will finish ahead of the Astros. LOL
The Mariners are hard to figure out ... Seattle probably does not expect to contend in the tough AL West this year, yet the M's added one-year commitments* in Kendrys Morales, Mike Morse, (reportedly) Joe Saunders, Raul Ibanez, Kelly Shoppach, Jason Bay and Robert Andino (while losing only Jason Vargas, John Jaso and Trayvon Robinson).
This offseason the Mariners augmented their roster without surrendering the No. 12 selection in the June 2013 draft (the second-highest protected pick) or touted prospects from their highly-ranked farm system.
I suspect Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik views the one-year commitments as assets that can be flipped at the trade deadline for longer-term assets if the Mariners fall out of contention.
Seattle fans should expect an interesting 2013 season and a promising future.
* in some respects, the Mariner offseason resembled the Red Sox offseason in that each team avoided the big-ticket free agents and opted for shorter-term commitments (although Seattle had the shorter commitments with only Hisashi Iwakuma at two years and Felix Hernandez reportedly at seven years getting multiyear contracts)
Hello hill55 :)
Very good points. The Mariners are moving in the right direction.
I'm curious how the Mariners and Royals will do in 2013. John Smoltz predicted the Royals to win the AL Central this year.