It's been a tough road for the Seattle Mariners, as they have been the division punching bag of the AL West for years (which is now to be taken over by the Houston Astros), posting four straight losing seasons and have yet to reach the postseason since 2001. After having a bad season in 2013, going 71-91, they started their offseason spending, with the addition of second baseman and former Yankee, Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal within the opening months of free agency frenzy.
Along with Cano, they also signed solid veterans, Corey Hart (1B/OF) and John Buck (C), off of free agency. Their latest major signing is reliever Franando Rodney, as the right-hander agreed to terms on a two-year, $14 million deal, and will be the starting closer for the club. Along with the big signings, they also can aspect solid rookie seasons from Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, who will be joining the starting rotation with big names, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. With all the pieces falling into place, are the Seattle Mariners a prime contender for the 2014 season? Only time will tell.
Holden Haifley,Overtime Radio