The Seattle Mariners certainly have the talent to battle for the AL West. The question, at least this year, seems to be whether they will actually use it.
Starting with Robinson Cano on down, the Mariners haven’t been the offensively driven team fans were hoping for. Of course, the caveat is that it's extremely early and there's no need to hit the panic button—yet.
MLB Contributor Gabe Zaldivar attempts to point out the Mariners' most glaring deficiencies on the outset of 2014.
For the moment, they aren’t getting enough return from all over the place. From Kyle Seager, who ended last year with a .212 batting average after the All-Star Game, to a Michael Saunders who hasn’t yet claimed his spot for good in the lineup, the Mariners certainly need help on offense.
On the pitching side, it’s as easy as getting back Hisashi Iwakuma, whose arm really should add the necessary depth in the rotation.
As it is, something must be done quickly, or the battle for the basement will be a summer-long endeavor.
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