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The Mariners are currently a rebuilding franchise, so nothing is more encouraging than the sight of young players developing a chemistry with one another and playing well together.
Following the Ichiro trade, Seattle went on to win seven of their final nine games in July, and the team has an overall record of 11-9 without the future Hall of Famer.
Ichiro may have been a distraction in the clubhouse, and ultimately his departure will help both sides in the long run. His position in right field is now freed up for young players to rotate in and out of, and we've already seen the likes of Carlos Peguero, Trayvon Robinson and recently-acquired Eric Thames platooned in right. Giving young players big league experience now is a plus in terms of building towards the future.
During their seven-game winning streak at the end of July and beginning of August, several players stepped up and showed vast improvements in their games, from Jesus Montero to Kyle Seager to Michael Saunders, as well as the resurgence of starter Blake Beavan.