The Seattle Mariners will try to break their 17-year playoff drought in 2019. The Mariners are coming off a successful season in 2018 where they finished 89-73 and challenged for a wildcard playoff spot in the American League. Seattle has a great stadium and fan base to support a winning franchise and they continue to try and build a championship roster. General Manager Jerry Dipoto was clearly unhappy with the finish last season, so he went about re-tooling the roster with the goal of getting younger. In the offseason, the Mariners traded or released multiple aging contracts. While some may call it a rebuild, the 2019 Mariners have enough talent to be competitive in the American League.
In the offseason, the Mariners parted ways with core players Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Jean Segura, James Paxon and Mike Zunino. By getting rid of aging players and loaded contracts, the Mariners got younger and freed up payroll. The Mariners still have talented hitters, namely Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon. Haniger returns from All-Star season in 2018. The team also signed free agent Edwin Encarnacion who has posted four consecutive 30 home run and 100 RBI seasons. Encarnacion should slot into the cleanup spot immediately. If Encarnacion can continue to produce, and newly acquired outfielder Jay Bruce keeps his power numbers up, the Mariners’ should have plenty of pop in the lineup this season.
The Felix Hernandez pitching era in Seattle is coming to an end. For the first time in a decade, Hernandez will not be counted on as the number one starter. Undoubtedly, the biggest question mark for the Mariners this season will be pitching. Starting pitcher James Paxon was traded in the offseason, and while the prospect return was nice, the Mariners have a big void in their starting rotation. The biggest Mariners pitching acquisition in the offseason was Yusei Kikuchi who was signed from Japan. Kikuchi was a coveted free agent and the 27-year old immediately assumes the second rotation slot in 2019.
Overall, the Mariners are younger this season, but management believes they’ve kept enough core talent to continue to build off a winning season in 2018.
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