After missing out on Prince Fielder in free agency, the Seattle Mariners must inquire with other teams about a player who can propel them to the playoffs immediately.
It's not going to be easy.
Fielder is a premiere player. His talents are duplicated by few.
Most superstars of Fielder's caliber are already on teams looking at a playoff run. Those teams are unlikely to part with any player who will provide a boost into the postseason.
Instead, the Mariners will have to hope for the best. They'll need a diamond in the rough.
They're off to a good start by acquiring Jesus Montero. He'll certainly contribute very soon. Ichiro Suzuki remains a top talent and Dustin Ackley has a bright future.
But they need more pieces in place if they want to compete now.
Here's a couple of players the Mariners should look at to help fill the void.