The Seattle Mariners have been staying fairly silent this off-season. Until now; Today the Seattle Mariners made an offer to a free-agent name unknown.
The Mariners are supposed to be focused on hitting, but if they strike a bargain with Ben Sheets I bet they'll take it. Yes it is crazy but they would have the best rotation coming into 2009.
I believe the Mariners have some of the best pitching in the league but when the A's traded for Holliday, the possibility of the Angel's signing Manny Ramirez, and with the Rangers having the best offense in the league, the Seattle Mariners need something.
The hitting isn't too bad anyway, If Mike Morse moves to first and Yuniesky does what he did in September, then the infield is set.
The catcher spot can be good this season. With the competition there between four guys, the Mariners very well could have one guy put it over the top and have a Geovany Soto-type season.
The Outfield has the potential to be like how the Dodgers were this season. Two young guys and a veteran. Mariners version however would be Ichiro Suzuki, and four young guys if Morse goes to first.
Jeremy Reed, Wladimir Balentein, Mike Wilson and Greg Halman. If Ibanez doesn't get an offer they can platoon the outfield and sign Jerry Hairston Jr as a super Willie Bloomquist.
The rotation would be the following:
- Ben Sheets
- Felix Hernandez
- Erik Bedard
- Brandon Morrow
- Ryan Rowland Smith/ R.A. Dickey/ Ryan Feirebrend
Another plus for Ben Sheets would be the new General Manager Jack Zduriencik who could pull of a very nicely done 3-year deal worth maybe $50 million.