Seattle Mariners Trade Speculation: 5 Areas They Need to Improve This Offseason

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Seattle Mariners Trade Speculation: 5 Areas They Need to Improve This Offseason
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The Seattle Mariners need to win at least half their games in 2012—at least to regain some fan confidence and improve attendance. The all-or-nothing approach to running a team is not what I see in the future of a Jack Zduriencik team. He will try to get the Mariners into winning shape soon without burning the bridges between current talent and potential post-2012 playoff glories.

As I have said before, as have others, the Mariners need to score more runs. They score so few runs right now, recent road trip excluded, that most of the moves I envision the team making this offseason involve improvements to the offense.

Zduriencik is no stranger to large, multi-player, multi-team trades. I expect a big trade this offseason because such a trade has precedents, including the trade involving J.J. Putz and Franklin Gutierrez and the Justin Smoak/Cliff Lee transaction.

The following slides address areas most likely to be involved in some sort of winter deal.

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