Adjustments the Seattle Mariners Need to Make to Get Back on Track

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Adjustments the Seattle Mariners Need to Make to Get Back on Track
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Last Friday night as Russell Wilson took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners game against the New York Yankees, I began to wonder. 

Are the Mariners beyond the point of help this season that even Russell Wilson couldn't possibly save them?

While the Seattle Seahawks' Wilson proved that one man could make a difference by capturing the hearts and minds of an entire city in just a few short months last year, I still struggled to see how this season could be salvaged for the Mariners. 

Even M's manager Eric Wedge seemed to be at wit's end on Sunday afternoon as he explained to Shannon Drayer at MYNorthwest.com the team's recent woes:

"We can't keep watching this," manager Eric Wedge answered after Sunday's 2-1 loss when asked if more moves were on the horizon. "We've got to be better offensively. When we do create opportunities we're not taking advantage of it. We've got to create more opportunities. We're not going to come through every time, but we damn sure got to do better than we're doing right now."

Then on Tuesday, in a move that came as a surprise, but not quite a shock, the Mariners called an audible by calling up hot catching prospect and last year's No. 1 pick, Mike Zunino.

Is he ready, and will this move actually work?

Quite frankly, I have some serious doubts in both cases—and while it might be tempting to give up on the Mariners at this point, we've still got several weeks before the Seahawks start their season.

Therefore while we wait for the 'Hawks and see if the Mariners can stay afloat, I figured it might be worthwhile to debate what other adjustments the M's can make to get back on track.

Understand that by getting back on track, I mean long-term as this season, barring a minor miracle, is a loss.  

So what I'm about to discuss here are a handful of suggestions, some of which are rattling around in the back of my head, while writers also following the team closely are proposing others.

Whether or not you agree with these moves is your choice, but at this point the status quo is no longer an acceptable option. Something needs to be done, as this organization is going nowhere fast.       

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