Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/19/13
The Seattle Mariners have opened camp in Peoria fresh off another last-place finish in the AL West, facing the same problem that’s hounded the club for the past decade—they can’t score any runs.  In 2012, the Mariners ranked 27th in baseball in runs scored, and last in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage.  They’ve finished last in the American League in scoring four seasons in a row.  GM Jack Zduriencik tried to sign Josh Hamilton, a long shot to begin with, and made a deal for Justin Upton before Upton vetoed the trade.  At the very least, Zduriencik swung for the fences.  Plus, the fences at Safeco Field are closer this season.  Left-center, straightaway center and right center field have been moved in.   Zduriencik signed Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay, and traded for Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales.  Ibanez will turn 41 this year, and has been washed up for a few years now.  Bay is looking to revive his career.  Once a 30-homer per year player, he’s been derailed
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