Seattle Mariners: Previewing Offseason Free-Agent Targets

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Seattle Mariners: Previewing Offseason Free-Agent Targets
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With plenty of money to play with this offseason, it's obvious general manager Jack Zduriencik and the Seattle Mariners need to make moves.

In the past, Seattle has brought in superstar players in an attempt to create a Yankees-like atmosphere and bank on All-Stars carrying the franchise. But the Mariners don't work that way. They never have. The most successful season in franchise history occurred with a starting rotation featuring Aaron Sele, Paul Abbott and John Halama. David Bell and Al Martin were everyday players. Mark McLemore and Stan Javier were key reserves. 

What do all these guys have in common? They're veterans with solid all-around games. Nobody's ego was too big for the team. The present-day Mariners have some players who have shown flashes of brilliance and future stardom, but the supporting cast simply hasn't been there.

And sure, injuries have played a major role. But the biggest issue surrounding the Mariners seems to stem at the top and work its way down to the players, who often appear to have no chemistry, and there's an obvious gap in communication between the coaching staff and the roster.

The first thing that needs to happen this offseason is a staff overhaul. Certain areas have improved, yes. But wins won't be one of them. A new manager and coaches will give this club some new life, perhaps an identity. A few veterans should be brought in to complement the plethora of young talent and mentor the rookies. 

That being said, here are five free agents the Mariners should target this winter.

All stats via ESPN.com and baseball-reference.com.

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