Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/28/13
In The Outfield Headline: With FanFest wrapped up, it’s time to dive into the season ahead and the outfield spots… This season may not be as predictable as originally anticipated. Some have called Jack Zduriencik desperate and worried about his job by adding veterans like Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez, or one-year contracts like Kendrys Morales or Michael Morse. If this multitude of outfielders fighting for only three spots does nothing else, it has created some serious competition during Spring Training. The Mariners lineup could range from a young lineup with Michael Saunders, Eric Thames and Casper Wells, or have incredibly mediocre defense and good hitting with Bay, Morse, and Ibanez. Here are some potential positives and negatives for the Mariners outfield in 2013. 3 Positives Improvement Last season, the outfield group that played together the most was Wells, Saunders, and Ichiro Suzuki. (I would have lost a lot of money in disbelief that Wells played 93 games in left field a year ago).
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