SEATTLE — A near-postseason miss has the Mariners already pointing toward next season. General manager Jack Zduriencik said the club’s payroll will increase and identified a clear goal in the weeks before spring training.
Find some more lineup punch.
“We will explore every opportunity out there,” Zduriencik vowed. “I think we’ll be reasonably aggressive in trying to do something to try to add an offensive piece or two.
“Where all of this ends up, none of us knows. We’ll enter the free-agent scenario, and (we’ll) see what’s available on the trade market. We will be pretty aggressive in trying to add …