The Mariners 2013 record was 71-91, placing them fourth in the AL West and 12th in the AL. Hoping to improve their record this season, the team made some changes in the off-season, including replacing manager Eric Wedge with Lloyd McClendon. Jack Zduriencik remains the general manager, despite criticism from Wedge.
Some of the key players the Mariners acquired for the 2014 season are second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Corey Hart, outfielder Logan Morrison, right-handed pitcher Scott Baker and catcher John Buck.
The 10-year, $240 million contract with Cano made quite the splash for the Mariners. His addition has obviously created excitement for fans because of his overwhelming success with the Yankees and his status as a top free agent. However, one player can’t carry the team alone. Hopefully these other changes lead to a more successful season for the Mariners.
Despite these additions, there were some significant losses to the team as well. First baseman Kendry Morales, outfielder Raul Ibanez and left-handed pitchers Joe Saunders and Oliver Perez were all traded this season.