10 Things Mariners Must Do This Winter to Catch Up with A's and Rangers

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10 Things Mariners Must Do This Winter to Catch Up with A's and Rangers
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If I didn't know any better, I'd think it's safe to say that my plans of the Seattle Mariners playing spoiler this season have somehow got off to a rocky start.

Since last Friday, the Mariners have only managed to win a single game and to make matters worse have at times looked dreadful in the process.  

With roughly a month of games left on the schedule, you have to wonder if anyone will bother to show up at Safeco Field the rest of the way with anyone other than Felix Hernandez pitching.

I'd imagine most fans will stay away in droves, but for a select few, hope springs eternal as a friend of mine over the weekend asked, "What do you think the Mariners need do this winter to catch up with the A's and Rangers?"

Initially I couldn't help but laugh, yet after giving it a moment's thought I figured it might be fun to take on the challenge. 

But how exactly do you solve a problem like the Mariners?

First, it will require money, which this winter the M's should have in abundance if we assume the team will maintain a similar baseline payroll to what we've seen in recent years. 

Second, it will require Jack Zduriencik as general manager to be both agile and aggressive in his dealings.

Given the likelihood of him being under contract for one more year, it could make him all the more entertaining to watch.  

Finally, it will require a lot and by a lot, I mean a lot of luck. 

So can the Mariners catch lightning in a bottle? 

Let's see if we can give it a shot...

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