Mariners 2012 Season Preview
Going green: The Mariners hope a budget-friendly, youthful core of Justin Smoak (from left), Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley will power a turnaround.
Trusting in the Mariners' rebuilding blueprint takes both faith and patience. But fans have heard it all before, and now, after six last-place finishes in eight years, they want results, not rhetoric.
- Waiting for youth to prosper can get old very fast | Jerry Brewer
- 2012 lineup should be better -- but that isn't saying much | Steve Kelley
- M's selling their rebuilding plan but fans waiting before buying in | Larry Stone
- There's a right way and a wrong way to rebuild
- Great moments in Mariners rebuilding
- Not-so-great moments in Mariners rebuilding
From attendance to cable TV revenue, there are factors off the field that affect the Mariners' success, including the fortunes of the team's owners.
Whether the M's can get back into the game's elite depends on a lot of things -- including TV revenues, attendance and the price of their players.
Pitching prospects Danny Hultzen (from left), James Paxton and Taijuan Walker are spending more time together and are developing a bond that the M's helped facilitate.
A trio of young prospects — left-handers Danny Hultzen and James Paxton in addition to Taijuan Walker — has emerged as the organization's "Big Three," upon whom much of Seattle's hopes for future success are focused.
The Mariners paid a high price to get Jesus Montero, a power-hitter the team hopes will provide a significant boost to a run-challenged lineup.
Gone are veterans Jack Cust, Milton Bradley and Jack Wilson, and in are young prospects Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley as the Mariners look to get out of the American League West cellar for the first time since 2009.