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The Mariners rotation: Help wanted

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2009 at 10:49 am with 3 Comments »
November 9, 2009 12:07 pm

Felix Hernandez
Felix Hernandez

Look at what the Mariners have on their roster and it’s relatively easy to come up with a starting rotation for 2010 – Felix Hernandez, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Brandon Morrow, Jason Vargas and Ian Snell.

The question is, is that the rotation you want next April?

Not if you want to contend – and the Mariners clearly do. Not all those pitchers will make the rotation, and by April not all will be Mariners.

Seattle has interest in bringing two veteran free agent lefties, Jarrod Washburn and Erik Bedard, back to the fold. That doesn’t mean it will happen. Contract demands will be the largest factor, and the Mariners aren’t about to overpay.

Trades are a possibility, but young arms don’t always work out. Getting Luke French from Detroit, for instance, didn’t wind up helping Seattle’s rotation.

Of all the young arms the Mariners have, only two – Rowland-Smith and Morrow – have attracted much interest. The team could dangle French, Doug Fister, Snell and Vargas on a trade hook all winter and not get a bite.

So expect the Mariners to try to add a veteran or two, both in the rotation and the bullpen, if for no reason other than providing depth. Consider the rotation of Felix, Rowland-Smith, Morrow, Vargas and Snell – where do you go if one or two of those pitchers go on the disabled list?

When Seattle led the American League in earned run average last season, it was nothing short of one-year miracle produced by manager Don Wakamatsu and pitching coach Rick Adair. Asking them to turn tap water into chablis two seasons in a row is foolish.

Yes, Seattle needs offense this winter. To get back to 85 wins – or beyond – the Mariners need more pitching, and they know it.

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  1. pgrahlfs says:

    Agreed they need to add an arm or two. However, the great ERA was hardly a miracle, this team was by far one of the best defensive teams in baseball that got to play half of their games in Safeco field, this isn’t likely to change this year. We aren’t going to go out and grab Lackey, but there are quite a few high upside arms out there that we can afford. As for the 4 and 5 spots in the rotation we have enough depth to expect to be able to find people fill those spots adequately.

  2. Hate to say it but I think Baltiimore will offer EB an incentive ladin contract to come back and he has already stated he would like to return. Also I wouldn’t be suprised if the Jays did the say to get him to comeback to his home land.
    I like Erik. when hes on he is Lights out but when hes not you know by the 2nd inning also he has alot of injury issues.

  3. From the 5 you listed, I’m nervous about anyone not named Felix who’s also not from Australia…………….

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