The Seattle Mariners need help.
In some cases serious help that may require a significant investment of time and money this winter to help revamp the team's roster.
For this year, the good news is that the M's should have money to spend.
The bad news is that general manager Jack Zduriencik is still in charge of spending it.
Making matters worse is that the majority of the players that will soon be available via free agency inspire little if any confidence in regard to their long-term health or talent.
When you couple that with the added degree of difficulty involved in luring players to come to Seattle with a potential lame-duck GM trying to save his job, you have all the makings of what may well turn out to be an epic adventure this winter.
Whether this adventure is heroic, tragic or comical remains to be seen, but before things officially kick off I figured it might be fun to put together a prioritized shopping list.
What are the Mariners' biggest needs heading into free agency?
Working from the bottom up, here are five positions the team might want to address...