Coming off of a 67-95 season in 2011, the Seattle Mariners are looking to continue their climb back to the playoffs in the forthcoming 2012 season.
With the additions of Albert Pujols and Yu Darvish to their AL West rivals, the Mariners don’t figure to be a playoff team this year but they should improve on last year's win total.
Despite the disappointing record this past season, the Mariners were relatively quiet during the offseason with the one headliner move being the trade of Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero. Aside from that, the Mariners will return a roster that is very similar to last year's.
To avoid another subpar performance in 2012, the Mariners will need bounce back the season's key veteran players and improvements from the younger players.
Here are seven players who will be critical to the Mariners' success or failure in 2012.