General Manager Bill Bavasi has had quite a good winter. Despite leaving his somewhat feeble offense alone, he has managed to better his team tremendously. With the acquisitions of Erik Bedard and Carlos Silva, the M's now have a rotation that is good enough to compete with the Angels... almost.
Here are the Mariners' off-season moves:
-Signed pitcher Carlos Silva to a four-year contract.
-Signed pitcher Arthur Rhodes to a minor league contract
-Signed outfielder Brad Wilkerson to a one-year contract.
-Signed infielder Miguel Cairo to a one-year contract.
-Acquired pitcher Erik Bedard from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Adam Jones and pitchers George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler.
-Signed infielder Greg Norton to a minor league contract.
SP1: Erik Bedard
SP2: Felix Hernandez
SP3: Carlos Silva
SP4: Jarrod Washburn
SP5: Miguel Batista
CL: J.J. Putz
SUM: Brandon Morrow
DH: Jose Vidro
C: Kenji Johjima
1B: Richie Sexson
2B: Jose Lopez
SS: Yuniesky Betancourt
3B: Adrian Beltre
LF: Raul Ibanez
CF: Ichiro Suzuki
RF: Brad Wilkerson
Easiest- The Mariners will finish in second in the West.
Boldest- Erik Bedard and King Felix will combine for over 400 innings.
Team MVP/Best Pitcher/Breakout Player- Felix Hernandez (17-19 wins,3.50 ERA,+230 K's)
Best Hitter- Ichiro Suzuki (15-25 HR, +.340 AVG.)