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2011 triple slash: .299/.415/.566
The best way for the Mariners to improve their offense for the next handful of years would be to take the plunge and sign Prince Fielder for a long-term contract. Reason being: you don't lose prospects. With players like Votto or Hanley, you have to give up some of the farm. That's the thing Jack Zduriencik has been working on the past three years. They have a bevy of talent coming up, and signing Fielder wouldn't derail their plans.
He's still young, and at the ripe age of 28, he will be hitting his prime. Up until 2014, we more than likely won't be seeing any signs of decline. He will be at his best.
Although there are those who say that deals like the one Albert Pujols was handed could cripple a franchise, as long as that team makes it to, or wins, the World Series, who cares? If the Seattle Mariners make it to the World Series by 2014, with the core they already have plus Fielder, it would all be worth it.
It would alleviate 35 years of suffering.