Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 10/26/11
Now that the Mariners have done what most people knew they were going to do and retained their entire coaching staff -- which was announced today -- it's time to get manager Eric Wedge and company a better team. Yeah, you can sit around and hope to develop every young player who passed through Seattle like it was conducting an open casting call for extras in a movie. Or, you can be realistic and understand that a process like that might start to bear fruit just after Felix Hernandez leaves town as a free agent in 2015. Once again, it bears repeating that this team does not have unlimited time to become a contender. Hernandez is under contract only three more seasons and you'd have to think about trading him midway through those if you get the sense he'd seek free agency. So, the process of contending -- real contending, not being satisified with a .500 record or some meaningless 87-win season backloaded in September -- has to be quickened. And that means taking some risks. You can...
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