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Beyond those five players, it's hard to forecast who the Mariners will offer major playing time to in the second half.
In regards to the pitching staff, a lot will depend on whether general manager Jack Zduriencik will or even can move anyone at the trade deadline?
Either way, I'd like to see more of Erasmo Ramirez in a starting role and Stephen Pryor out of the pen, but right now both are injured and may require time in the minors before getting back to Seattle.
Meanwhile, I suppose it's only fair we discuss the most notable player missing from this list...Justin Smoak.
Smoak is without a doubt the pinkest of pink elephants at the moment in Seattle, as Seattle Times writer Jerry Brewer writes...
"We focus on Smoak because his situation is most dire. He has had 1,214 career plate appearances. And he has gotten progressively worse.
"The reasons are confounding. Is he a bad guy? No. Lazy? No. Immature? No. Insufficient talent? No. Still, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound potential slugger can't produce with his slow, long swing. And he's a rather lumbering dude to be only 25.
"Should the Mariners give up on him? Nah, they've traded or disregarded too many young stars who have gone on to figure it out for another team. But the pendulum is starting to swing from absolute faith to preemptive hedging.
"Smoak can't be an everyday starter right now. He either needs to be in a competition at first base with a healthy Mike Carp, or he needs to be in Tacoma trying to regain his confidence."
I advocated a trip to Tacoma two months ago and still think it's necessary, even though he ranks first in home runs and second in RBI for the M's.
It's not so much an endorsement to play Mike Carp, Alex Liddi, or whoever else at first instead, more the need for Smoak to refocus. While I believe he can be a solid player some day, I don't think Smoak will be the superstar we hoped for in Seattle.
Will he be sent down to Tacoma at some point soon?
I imagine he will go down, but the bigger question is whether he will come back soon. That, however, is a question for another day.