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Ken Griffey Jr. is finally back in Seattle. Too bad he's too old to have an impact. The M's are in somewhat of a rebuilding phase right now, and Griffey won't be in that plan—he signed for one year and gets to ride off into the sunset in the city where his career started.
New GM, new skipper, and lots of new faces. J.J. Putz got dealt to the Mets, and in return, Seattle got Franklin Guttierez, who will be a great addition defensively.
After an absolutely horrendous 2008, Seattle will make strides in the right direction in 2009.
New manager Don Wakamatsu could have some ups and downs in his first year as a manager, but he could surprise us. Their success will depend heavily on pitching.
If Erik Bedard stays healthy and Felix Hernandez has a repeat of his 2007 season, I look for the Mariners to win 80 this year.