The Seattle Mariners know how to get a hit.
In fact, only one team had more hits after the All-Star break than the Seattle Mariners: the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mariners have even upgraded that since then by trading for Franklin Gutierrez and Endy Chavez.
Chavez is a potential .300 hitter and plays elite defense.
Franklin Gutierrez has power potential, a nice average and out-of-this-world defense.
The two of them in the outfield with Ichiro Suzuki is the best defensive outfield in the majors, no doubt about it.
The Mariners have plenty of guys capable of hitting .300 in 2009, including Ichiro Suzuki, Endy Chavez, Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jose Lopez and Jeff Clement. Adrian Beltre is one of the most dangerous hitters in the game when he's 100% healthy.
In 2009 he is set to be healthy.
As for power, the Mariners still have work left to do.
They have added Russell Branyan to the roster, who is one of the most powerful hitters in the majors along with Adrian Beltre.
Jose Lopez showed that he is a capable, .315-average, 25 home run hitter last season.
The Seattle Mariners' second half showed where they need help: they need power.
Kenji Johjima had a strong September, but Jeff Clement had a strong second half.
If I was Don Wakamatsu I would start Clement at catcher and let Kenji Johjima fill in for injuries whereever necessary.
Who can the Mariners add for the power effect?
Adrian Beltre, Jose Lopez, Russell Branyan and maybe even Franklin Gutierrez can pull in nice power numbers. Jeff Clement might bring in his minor league numbers and become part of a dangerous lineup.
If the Mariners are going to add any power it will be as a designated hitter.
In that case, Adam Dunn would be a great addition to the team. His power and OBP would be a great asset to an already potent team.
The pitching staff is set to have a great season.
Erik Bedard is now healthy and can return to Cy Young-contending form.
Felix Hernandez is still improving and is one of the league's top pitchers at the age of 22.
Ryan Rowland-Smith has an ERA around 3.50 as a starter, and is still young and improving.
Brandon Morrow is compared to Joba Chamberlain and David Price as a top prospect, and could break out to have a season of 15 wins.
Carlos Silva has lost more than 20 pounds so if he comes to spring training around 220 pounds he can be a pitcher like he was in Minnesota but better with the added run support.
Jarrod Washburn had a few monster months last season. If he has the run support like other starters usually have Washburn he can have a 3.75 ERA season with plenty of wins.
The bullpen is strong with the key additions with David Aardsma, Aaron Heilman and even Tyler Walker.
They join an already strong bullpen of Roy Corcoran, Miguel Batista, Mark Lowe and Randy Messenger.
The Mariners have many guys who have the potential to be nice closers including Mark Lowe, Aaron Heilman, Miguel Batista, David Aardsma, Roy Corcoran, and Brandon Morrow, if for some reason he’s not in the starting rotation.
If the Seattle Mariners sign Adam Dunn, they can have a World Series-contending team, if they don’t they still have a fighting chance if Branyan, Beltre, Lopez, Gutierrez and Clement come to the rescue.