Report Card: Grading the Performance of the Mariners' Offseason Pickups

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Report Card: Grading the Performance of the Mariners' Offseason Pickups

Although cloudless days continue to appear in Seattle's summer sky, locals are still advised to carry umbrellas... Because Jack Zduriencik is quickly plummeting downwards.

Just months after being hailed as a hero in the Emerald City for his roster overhaul filled with top-flight players, the Mariners general manager is now being scrutinized for not meeting his team's needs in the offseason. Much of the blame is being pointed towards Zduriencik for the lost 2010 season, which carried in high expectations but has completely faltered.

However, the atrocious 35-53 record should be linked to the under-performance of the players, especially those acquired last winter, not the man that signed them.

The All-Star Break is the perfect time to evaluate how the season has gone thus far. Similar to the end of first semester, it's time to handout report cards and grade the newest Mariners based on their first half play.

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