Seattle Mariners: The "What Could Have Been" Team

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For Seattle Mariners fans these day, let's just say the going is tough. 

Stuck in rebuilding mode for a few years now, the M's are off to another sub-par start with a 21-26 record that puts them at seven games back of first place. 

The future is bright for this team which has many young players in place and a whole cavalry on their way through the minors. You can't help but wonder though: With all the good players who have donned the Seattle uniform, how is it they have no hardware to show for it?

With a few questionable trades and misjudgment of talent, the team organization has allowed a lot of good players to walk out the door. In fact, the 25-man-roster in the next slide is full of current MLB players. 

Fortunately the Mariners have held on to a select few of these players, but just imagine if they would have re-signed all this talent (and didn't have a salary cap). Sure, they would have had to trade some away if things got too expensive, but that's how you get more good players and continue building success. 

Of course, it's much easier said than done. For now though, let's have some fun and take a look at what might have been for the beloved Mariners. 

 

* Stats are from ESPN.com, MLB.com, and baseball-reference.com . 

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