|Last year's Mariners MVP Dustin Ackley|
I do want to use this as a platform for speaking on the importance of a team's ability to remain competitive. Seattle, unlike many teams who seem perpetually mired in irrelevance, seems to at least have an interest in eventually winning a world series. A few years ago they actually traded for ace Cliff Lee when they had a promising lineup. That promise eventually disintegrated and they were forced by logic to trade Lee, to a team in their own division nonetheless. Still it was landmark in putting their name in the sand as a team that is willing to actually stick their necks out a little bit and dare to hope.
|Recently acquired impact hitter, Jesus Montero|
So why didn't this happen? Why didn't, and by all logical standards couldn't the Seattle Mariners make the move to acquire the rarely stumbled upon talent that is Prince Fielder? There are several excuses, but the big reason is that the path Seattle is on isn't clear. They have no distinct shot at the postseason in the near future, and teams in that position can't invest heavily in any free agent. Moreover, any team who DOES appear capable of contending is going to be way more attractive to a free agent than any team that doesn't. Imagine if the Mariners came to the table with the same contract as Detroit, what would any player want to do with a team that adds the pressure and lack of insensitive that comes with consistent loss?
|Future hall of famer Ichiro Suzuki|
The Mariners are going to be right at the bottom of the standings this year, probably below Oakland. Don't worry though, Emerald City, you guys can beat up on the Astros next year.