The Seattle Mariners missed the playoffs yet again last season but hope to turn it around during spring training.
Last season, the Mariners ended with a record of 75-87. This season, the team is looking to make changes. One way to do so is by keeping their options open.
Back and better than ever is leading pitcher Felix Hernandez. Hernandez made his seven year $175 million contract extension official. This is a record-breaking deal, making Hernandez one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball.
“I am not going to disappoint anybody,” said Hernandez.
Also back for another season are leading batters Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley.
Making an appearance for the first time at the team’s spring training camp are 21 pitchers and catchers who have never played in the majors for Seattle. Three new pitchers to keep an eye on are Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker, who last season in total had a record of 8-4 with 98 strikeouts in 87 innings for Seattle’s Class AA club.
Along with the team’s new addition of pitchers and catchers, the Mariners signed pitchers Anthony Fernandez and Yoervis Medina and infielder Vinnie Catricala. First-round draft pick Mike Zunino is also new. He is one of six catchers on the team. This is his first Major League camp with the Mariners.
Hoping to strengthen their offense, the Mariners traded pitcher Jason Vargas for first baseman Kendrys Morales. Also leaving the team, but for a different reason is pitcher, Kevin Milwood.
After 16 seasons, Milwood says he is “Just ready to retire.”
The Mariners 2013 spring opener is Feb. 22 at the team’s spring training home, the Peoria Sports Complex.