The Mariners have had a much nicer start than most anticipated. Coming off a 101-loss season, they've impressed by maintaining a .457 winning percentage through 35 games. It isn't great, but I don't think anyone is too displeased. They even managed to get a walk-off win, a rarity in 2010.
Now, some people (including me) said that we'd have to wait until 2013 to have a real shot at winning the division, but I'm rethinking that. Pineda has been stellar (one might say better than A-Rod was... just kidding, I'm not going down that road again), the bullpen has been solid and Smoak has been hitting really well.
However, even with all of those stars aligning, Seattle's hitting is still coming up short too frequently. If they can get a hold of a few strong hitters by July 31, they'll be in much better shape for the remainder of 2011 and 2012. Here are five trade possibilities that would help keep the Mariners in the chase.