Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/1/12
Time for a Mariner shake up Last season the Seattle Mariners acquired Jesus Montero, and it looked like they had finally found their middle of the order bat of the future. But Montero faltered in his first season with the M’s, and didn’t show as much clout as everyone was hoping. And while I still think Montero is going to be an All-Star, Seattle needs more to shore up their lineup. So whose the answer? How about my man in the hot corner, Chase Headley. Step 1: Sign a first baseman The first move for the Mariners would be improving the right side of the diamond. Despite his usual torrid September, I’m going out on a limb and saying it’s time Seattle parts ways with Justin Smoak. Even with the improved ballpark, I think he’s a guy that needs a change of scenery. My top picks for the M’s would be Nick Swisher or Mike Napoli. Both players had 24 home runs in 2012, and could be great veteran personalities in a young clubhouse. Step 2: Reshuffle positions After the Mariners find a long t...
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