A possible return of Ken Griffey Jr. to the Seattle Mariners has all the fans hyped up. The problem is to show Griffey they can be a winning team. A lot of Cincinnati Reds free agents are candidates for the Seattle Mariners voids they need to fill.
Jerry Hairston Jr. can play just about any position on the field, save catcher. He has amazing average, a little power, speed, and can defend left field like a knight protecting his castle.
Hairston is good friends with Griffey. As a former teammate, Hairston could lure Griffey into coming; remember, Griffey did say he wanted to play for Seattle again.
If that was to happen, the Mariners would have a solid team. No weak spots, a lot of leadership, youth, speed, and the potential to go the distance.
The lineup would be the following:
C. Kenji Johjima/Jeff Clement
Johjima showed a strong September batting .333. Clement has showed youth and potential.
1B. Russell Branyan
Last season if he was to play a full season (528 at-bats) he would have been nearly identical to Ryan Howard. He is nicknamed "Russell The Muscle"; later this season you will see why.
2B. Jose Lopez
His numbers progress every season. The combination of Lopez and Betancourt in the middle drive most hitters insane when trying to hit it past them.
SS. Yuniesky Betancourt
Batted .343 in September, plays a strong defense, and brings spirit to the ball park.
3B. Adrian Beltre
In 2004 Beltre had a career season and a contract season. In 2009 Beltre will have a contract season, will he have another career season?
LF. Jerry Hairston Jr.
Batted .326 last season, has speed, throws in a little power just for the heck of it, and defends left field wisely.
CF. Mike Wilson/Jeremy Reed
Reed is an elite center fielder, but his offense isn't anything to brag about. Mike Wilson has amazing offense and can defend center field well.
RF. Ichiro Suzuki
The hit machine slowed down this season but if he was to trade some average for power he could be a 25 home run, .295 hitter. Still has speed though, never reached John McLaren's goal of 80 swiped bases but 43 is still good.
DH. Ken Griffey Jr.
He would bring enough fans into the ballpark to pay for himself. Griffey can still play defense, still has power and his average is not yet washed away. If they could sign Griffey to a three-year, $18 million contract, the Mariners would have a great bargain.
The Mariners are anything but out of contention, so show support to your team, the Seattle Mariners!