To many, the Seattle Mariners have little chance of contending in the AL West. Last season, they finished fourth in the division. And unfortunately for them, it appears to have only gotten stronger.
The Angels were the offseason's MVP, signing the best hitter in all of baseball in Albert Pujols, as well as C.J Wilson, a 16 game winner with sub 3.00 ERA last season for the rival Rangers. Pujols adds a much needed power presence in the heart of the Angels lineup, while Wilson gives the club possibly the deepest pitching staff in the AL.
On top of that, the M's also have to go through the reigning AL West champion Texas Rangers, who are coming off two straight trips to the World Series. And besides the loss of Wilson, they return all of the core group that took them there.
With all that said, there are still some reasons to believe the Mariners can make something happen in the West.