Mariners 2019 Outlook

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Mariners 2019 Outlook

Preston Campbell, writer

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As the MLB offseason is in full force, Jerry Dipoto, General Manager for the Seattle Mariners, is back to his normal self by continuing to make trades. Since becoming the GM, he has been the most active in the majors over the past three years. So far this offseason, Dipoto has traded away 9 key players to the Mariners success in recent years.  But, in return, the Mariners got some young talent for the future.

So what is the future for Seattle? The Mariners are coming off one of their best seasons in recent years. The team went 89-73, but it wasn’t enough to make the playoffs. For the past 17 years, it always isn’t enough as the longest playoff drought continues to stretch on. In fact, in an article by Rob Arthur said that Mariners are the most unlucky team in baseball. Although the Mariners have hardly been uniformly great during their drought, no franchise has had more bad luck keeping it out of the playoffs over the past couple of decades, given its yearly records. Is it just bad luck or is it that the Mariners need a big change? From what Dipoto has been doing, he doesn’t seem to be preparing for next year.

For fans, it’s painful to think about waiting through a rebuild for an uncertain future. In Seattle, fans want a winning team and playoffs now. Of course, the season hasn’t even started so the Mariners aren’t completely out of the playoff picture for 2019. Only time will tell if these changes will change the tide of bad luck and bring the playoffs back to Seattle.