MLB 2013 Preview: Seattle Mariners

Mariners are headed in the right direction, but 2013 won't be their year. Photo: "King" Felix Hernandez AP/Ted S. Warren

LOS ANGELES, March 2, 2013 — The Seattle Mariners finished in last place in 2012 in the AL West with an unspectacular 75-87 record. They are familiar with that last place finish as they have done so in seven out of the last nine years, including each of the last three seasons.

Luckily for Seattle fans, that streak will most likely end this year as they welcome the Houston Astros to the American League West. The Mariners have moved the outfield fences in at Safeco Field and added some offensive firepower as well.

Michael Morse Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

Last place finishes are good for high draft picks and the team is now loaded with young, potential superstars both on offense and in the rotation. The young Mariners are headed in the right direction and only time will tell if they can reach their potential, but 2013 won’t be that year.

Projected payroll: $76,719,642

Notable Players Out: LHP Jason Vargas, C John Jaso, RHP Kevin Millwood, 1B Mike Carp

Notable Players In: LF Michael Morse, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Raul Ibanez, C Kelly Shoppach, OF Jason Bay,

Prospect Watch: RHP Taijuan Walker and C Mike Zunino

Highlight Hitter: LF Michael Morse (ZiPS 2013 Projection: .253/.308/.415 17 HR/53 R/57 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: RHP Felix Hernandez (ZiPS 2013 Projection: 14-10, 3.04 ERA, 8.52 K/9, 228.3 IP)

Projected Lineup: C Jesus Montero, 1B Justin Smoak, 2B Dustin Ackley, 3B Kyle Seager, SS Brendan Ryan, LF Michael Morse, CF Franklin Gutierrez, RF Michael Saunders

Projected Rotation: RHP Felix Hernandez, LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP Erasmo Ramirez, RHP Blake Beavan

Projected Closer: RHP Tom Wilhelmsen

Manager: Eric Wedge

Projected 2013 Finish in AL West: 1. TBA  2. TBA  3. TBA   4. Seattle Mariners  5. Houston Astros

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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