Re: Mariners starting to put together a decent looking team.
posted at 12/15/2013 12:06 AM EST
In response to jete02fan's comment:
In response to kimsaysthis' comment:
In response to hill55's comment:
The Seattle Mariners have yet to address what I thought were the two most pressing needs entering the offseason: pitching and defensively adept outfielders. Logan Morrison and Corey Hart in the outfield would rival the ineptness of Raul Ibanez and Mike Morse this season.
Seattle's 2013 pitching staff struggled with baseball's worst defense. The Mariners had a team ERA+ of 86 this year despite the presence of one of baseball's best 1-2 combinations in Felix Hernandez and Cy Young finalist Hisashi Iwakuma. Taijuan Walker and James Paxton are bright pitching prospects, but lefthander Danny Hultzen's career is in jeopardy following shoulder surgery.*
The Mariners now have three secondbasemen (Robinson Cano, Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley) and four firstbasemen (Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison, Corey Hart and Jesus Montero), so I expect some of the surplus to be packaged in trades to address the residual needs.
Many athletes choose to retire in the Pacific Northwest, but playing a 162-game schedule based in Seattle is tough because the Mariners travel the most miles of any MLB club (by a significant margin).
* pitchers often come back strong (or stronger) after Tommy John surgery, but the comeback rate drops signficantly for shoulder surgeries
With all due respect, you just got Cano. I don't know if it's just modesty on your part, but you just got Cano. I understand you still want pitching and maybe sure up your OF, and have too many second baseman, but you just got Cano.
Just saying. If I were a Mariners fan I would be thrilled. What a shock for Seattle fans. Who thought that was going to happen?
[/QUOTE] hold up!!..the M's got Cano??
LOL! I still can't believe it. Didn't even know he was on their radar -- or in their price zone...