And, we have an option for 2014. With the way he played this past season, this is an outstanding move. This removes any and all doubt on what Jack Z has in mind for quality talent he brings to the area. I am a huge advocate of building loyalty. Jack Z is finding players that are talented, and doing what he can so that they will be loyal to the Mariners for as long as time allows.
The way we have attacked this offseason is setting a scary level of expectation going into Spring. Being a lifelong fan, I am never overly optimistic when it comes to Seattle teams in general. Historically, it is only a matter of time before your hope is crushed. With that said, I am cautiously optimistic with what is in store for me as a fan. We have aggressively gone after quality pitching and solid hitting since the hot stove started.
There is a catch. We still lack power. Losing Beltre and Branyan is going to be felt in the HR column. Not so much Beltre, but Branyan for sure. Since we appear to be keeping Lopez, let’s hope that he is able to continue his strong offensive showing from the 2009 season.
We are only five weeks away from catchers and pitchers…awesome!