Seattle Mariners: 7 Reasons the Team Will Contend for a Playoff Spot in 2012

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Seattle Mariners: 7 Reasons the Team Will Contend for a Playoff Spot in 2012
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Due to the Mariners' records the past couple of years and the fact that they've only made the playoffs four times in 34 tries, you might laugh when first reading this title. It probably doesn't help their case that they have the reigning two-time American League Champion Texas Rangers in their division.

To top it all off, they also have the Angels in their division, who brought not just the most sought-after bat but also the most sought-after free agent pitcher in Pujols and C.J. Wilson this off-season. With the odds stacked against them, most Mariners fans are all but ready to put the M's to bed next season. Not so fast.

Seattle may have finished with a 67-95 record last year, but people tend to forget that this is the same team that was only a half game back of first place in July of last season. If it wasn't for the 17-game losing streak that ensued that, there would be a buzz about this team as well as their division rivals.

There's a lot of talent on this young team, and with a couple of key free agent moves, the Mariners might put themselves back in the conversation. They're definitely flying the under the radar right now though, but the question is, just how long will they stay there?

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