Seattle Mariners: Top Storylines at the Start of Spring Training

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Seattle Mariners: Top Storylines at the Start of Spring Training
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Baseball season is finally back. Players are starting their workouts, rehabbing from injuries and surgeries, and people like me are writing about the top storylines for spring training. 

Even though the Mariners didn't sign Josh Hamilton or Michael Bourn, and Justin Upton rejected a trade to come to Seattle, there are still several interesting talking points regarding the start of the 2013 season.

Two players returned to Seattle (Raul Ibanez, Mike Morse), and no significant players were let go other than Jason Vargas. Which was interesting.

There are plenty of young, capable players waiting to get the call, but general manager Jack Zduriencik must have faith in the young players already in the majors, as he added parts that apply to a "win now"-type ballclub. Usually, adding those types of players requires letting go of top prospects, so Jack Z deserves a lot of credit for holding on to those players who are so vital to the Mariners' future. 

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