With the Seattle Mariners having lost their 81st game on Wednesday night, it would appear that another losing season is all but guaranteed in Seattle.
Following a three-game sweep at Safeco Field by the Houston Astros by a combined score of 25-7, the M's looked like a team that may have finally ran out of gas.
Unfortunately, we still have a few weeks to go, but even before the Mariners' latest losing season becomes official, I'm already starting to plan ahead for 2014.
After having detailed a few weeks back about what the Mariners must do to compete in the AL West next year, I figured it now makes sense to piece together a more plausible forecast for this offseason.
Some of these points may seem familiar or even overlap, but rest assured that this review concerns more about what the Mariners will do versus what they should do.
That's not to say it's all bad news, so much as scaling back the sense of expectations. If you're a Mariners fan, you should be accustomed to this anyway.
So what exactly are my early predictions for this offseason other than saying that it will be another rinse-and-repeat scenario similar to so many we've seen over the better part of a decade now?
Let's take a look and find out.