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Ryan Rowland-Smith, David Pauley, Luke French, Brandon League, David Aardsma, Jamey Wright, Garrett Olson, Ian Snell, Brian Sweeney, Sean White, Shawn Kelley, Chris Seddon, Chad Cordero, Joe Nelson, Dan Cortes and Anthony Varvaro.
Everyone on this list has two things in common:
1. They were all relief pitchers for your 2010 Seattle Mariners.
2. None of them were effective.
No lead was safe in 2010, not with the M's horrid offense and absolutely dreadful bullpen. They were so bad that the only way I could imagine Wakamatsu convincing Felix to leave a game with a small lead would be to threaten to trade him to the Baltimore Orioles if he didn't comply.
This, however, is a new year. If Shawn Kelley can stay healthy, Josh Lueke turns in a solid rookie campaign, Garrett Olson continues the hot streak he was on at the end of last year and Brandon League finally gets a catcher behind the plate that can catch his pitches, 2011 might be a solid year for the Mariners bullpen.
Keep in mind, however, that a lot of this will fall upon closer David Aardsma, who struggled on numerous occasions last season with control and keeping the ball in the yard. The 29-year-old righty recently had hip surgery and is expected to be out well into spring training. The stability of this bullpen really depends on whether or not Aardsma is there at the end of games holding up leads. If not, look for League to take over as a temporary closer.