Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/18/13
It has been no secret throughout Major League Baseball  that the Seattle Mariners offense the last few seasons has been, well, offensive.  Lowest scoring output in the American League since 2009.  The only team in all of baseball last season to have a team On-base Percentage of less than .300.  The last time the Mariners did not finish last in the American League in runs scored, more than half their infield was constructed of Richie Sexson, Adrian Beltre, and Kenji Johjima.  Needless to say, the Mariners needed an upgrade in their lineup.  General Manager Jack Zduriencik tried to get big names like Josh Hamilton and Justin Upton only to have Hamilton go to Anaheim and Upton use his no-trade clause against him (eventually winding up with his brother in Atlanta).  So the upgrade became a retrograde, reclaiming former Mariners Raul Ibanez and Mike Morse, and trying out veterans Jason Bay and Kendrys Morales.  The team also moved the fences in at Safeco Field, a move that may not he...
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