Mariners: Grading Team M's Offseason Moves so Far

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Mariners: Grading Team M's Offseason Moves so Far
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On Tuesday when the Seattle Seahawks signed a 33-year-old personal trainer to help fill the gaping hole left following pass rusher Chris Clemons season-ending knee injury, I couldn't help but laugh.

While a move like this seems in many ways ridiculous, 'Hawks general manager John Schneider will probably be given the benefit of the doubt on this move based on his past success of finding talent in the strangest of places.

However when the Seattle Mariners make a similar move such as signing 34-year old outfielder Jason Bay for example, the collective groan of fans can be heard all across Puget Sound.

Unfortunately M's general manager Jack Zduriencik has yet to earn the same benefit of the doubt as Schneider given the team's poor track record in recent years; nevertheless that hasn't stopped him from trying to make moves to rebuild the ballclub. 

This winter Jack Z once again has the unenviable task of retooling a roster that even though we are just weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, still appears to be at least one move short of completion.  

Ever since the end of this past season, rumors have linked the Mariners to potential blockbuster trades for the likes of Justin Upton and Giancarlo Stanton and top shelf free agents like Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn, while ultimately yielding nothing. 

Rather than speculate on the hearsay and conjecture in connection to those players, I figured it might be worthwhile to evaluate the moves the M's have actually made to this point.  

So perhaps Jack Z has yet to make a blockbuster move that will win the hearts of fans and pundits alike, for the moment let's see if we can hand out some grades on the early returns of this past offseason. 

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