The Seattle Mariners are fighting tooth and nail for the 2nd Wild Card Spot in the American League, however it has much more to do with their pitching than hitting. This is a team built on prospects that haven’t panned out, and injury riddled Free Agents and acquisitions. From Justin Smoak, to Jesus Montero, to Abraham Almonte, this club has been on the poor end of the trades they have conducted in recent years. The Draft picks have not done well either with fallen hopes about Dustin Ackley, Brad Miller, Nick Franklin and Michael Saunders.
How All Of The Mariners Hitters Were Acquired:
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The Mariners are on the brink of ending a 13 year playoff drought, yet there is a glaring hole on the offensive side with how this offense has been constructed.
Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and James Jones withstanding, the rest of the players have played underneath expectations in 2014, and unless the management can pull off a trade, it may be the squad’s Achilles heel this campaign.
Jack Zduriencik has to wheel and deal for some more help in the next week or so, especially with several of the perennial contenders like Boston, New York and Tampa having subpar years.
The pitching staff has been the anchor behind the Mariners nice season so far, and with the payroll also being only at $82 MIL, this team has money to burn.
The Mariners have one of the gem stadiums in all of baseball right now. It is too bad the team on the field has not been that great – in what has been a brutal decade. When this park opened, the Mariners were drawing over 3 Million Fans a year, the city was nuts over the franchise for the last decade, and the fanbase cheered for their Stars. A multitude of terrible transactions and signings has brought this PAC NW hub down to half of its original attendance since the park opened. The swoon of people not being there has been subsequently avoided with the signing of Robinson Cano. The 31 Year Old 2B is in contention for the batting title, but it won’t be enough to secure a Post Season Berth. There is nothing wrong with the Pitching, now it is time to arm the club with some offense!
I have season tickets at Safeco Field, and personally have seen a massive bump in attendance during the 2014 year.
All of the brass must understand this will be temporary unless the club can have some sustained success going forward.
The lineup only cost the franchise $45 MIL in 2014 ($24 MIL going to Cano, $6 MIL to Corey Hart, Willie Bloomquist $2.8 MIL, while the rest of the batters only make $12.2 MIL).
Lloyd McClendon is going to a gunfight with a sharp knife only.
Most of the hitters have been busts for where they were drafted, or for the high picks the team used to acquire the given player.
This team is filled with health risks.
Jack Z. has to be among the busiest suitors for the talent left on the trade wires.
Josh Willingham, Chris Denorfia, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Chris Carter should be guys that are on their trading for radar.
Dunn and Willingham can hit the ball out of any park and should be the 1st on their priority. Maybe even A.J. Pierzynski for a Backup Catcher.
The Mariners have had pitiful numbers out of the Designated Hitter slot for the year. The club is under the Mendoza Line for their Batting Average, which is bad enough, but their walk rate is also abysmal.
It is not just the DH position that is showing poor performances, its 5 or 6 spots.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Jesus Sucre (26) C: July 19, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.
Mike Zunino (23) C: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2012 amateur draft.
Justin Smoak (28) 1B/DH: July 9, 2010: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Matt Lawson (minors), Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke to the Seattle Mariners for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe.
Matt Lawson (28) 2B/LF: Mar.3, 2011 Cleveland Indians traded Aaron Laffey to the Seattle Mariners for Matt Lawson.
Aaron Laffey (29) P: August 19, 2011: Selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Seattle Mariners.
Blake Beaven (25) P: The RHP is currently on the 2014 60 Man DL, and has appeared in 54 Games with the M’s from 2011 – 2014, and has started 44 of them.
Josh Lueke (29) P: November 27, 2011: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with player to be named or cash to the Tampa Bay Rays for John Jaso.
John Jaso (30) C/1B/DH: January 16, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Seattle Mariners to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, A.J. Cole (minors) and Blake Treinen to the Washington Nationals. The Washington Nationals sent Mike Morse to the Seattle Mariners. The Oakland Athletics sent Ian Krol (March 20, 2013) to the Washington Nationals to complete the trade.
Mike Morse (32) OF/1B: August 30, 2013: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles for Xavier Avery.
Xavier Avery (24) OF: Avery is currently with the Tacoma Rainiers of the (AAA Affiliate) PCL.
Mark Lowe (31) P: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th round of the 2004 amateur draft.
Cliff Lee (35) SP: December 16, 2009: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Seattle Mariners for Tyson Gillies (minors), Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez.
J.C. Ramirez (25) P; Signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2005.
Tyson Gillies (25) CF: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Phillippe Aumont (25) P: June 7, 2007: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.
Brad Miller (24) SS/2B: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd round of the 2011 amateur draft.
Kyle Seager (26) 3B: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Dustin Ackley (26) 2B/OF: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.
James Jones (25) OF: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 4th round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Michael Saunders (27) OF: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 11th round of the 2004 amateur draft.
Stefen Romero (25) OF: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Corey Hart (32) DH: December 13, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners. 1 YR/$6 MIL
Logan Morrison (26) 1B/OF: December 11, 2013: Traded by the Miami Marlins to the Seattle Mariners for Carter Capps.
Carter Capps (23) P: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2011 amateur draft.
Endy Chavez (36) OF: March 24, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.
Willie Bloomquist (36) UT: December 5, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners. 2 YRs/$5.8 MIL
Jesus Montero (24) DH/C: January 23, 2012: Traded by the New York Yankees with Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for Jose Campos (minors) and Michael Pineda.
Hector Noesi (27) SP: April 12, 2014: Purchased by the Texas Rangers from the Seattle Mariners.
Jose Campos (21) P: Signed as an International Free Agent by the Seattle Mariners in 2009
Michael Pineda (25) SP: Signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2005.
Nick Franklin (23) SS/2B: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.
Abraham Almonte (23) OF: February 13, 2013: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Seattle Mariners for Shawn Kelley.
Shawn Kelley (30) RP: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round of the 2007 amateur draft.
Robinson Cano (31) 2B; December 12, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners. 10 YRs/$240 MIL
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
All of the baseball world in the PAC NW will want to see nothing but great production from Cano in Seattle. He may have a great year with the new club, however the management has not armed him with many dependable offensive talents. So far he has hit .331/.338./.453 this season, but I think his HRs will be in the low teens (with just having 7 bombs thus far,) He ill probably not crack 100 RBI either, but it has more to do with his surrounding environment. Get used to it Cano. This is the 1st season of a 10 YR/$240 MIL deal. The former Yankees player makes 60% of the offense’s payroll, which is just not right. Get this man some help before the Trade Deadline!
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