2007-2008 Seattle Mariners Season Preview
Sunday April 1, 2007 the Major League Baseball 2007-2008 season got underway in St. Louis, Missouri. But Monday, the long off- and pre- season is over for the Mariners and it is time to look back at how they changed. The Mariners will have both their season and home opener against the Oakland Athletics Monday afternoon.
The Mariners started it all back in December of last year, signing outfielder Jose Guillen to a one-year contract. Guillen, who played for the Washington Nationals last season, brings a .216 AVG, 9 HR’s, and 40 RBI’s. Guillen also brings one of the most solid arms in outfield to Safeco Field. Even though known for been a little rowdy at times, his defense and leadership puts him among the best outfielders in the game. Seattle will look for those attributes to come out this season as he will be starting out in right field.
Soon after this acquisition, the Mariners got RHP Sean White from the Pittsburgh Pirates and traded RHP Rafael Soriano for LHP Horacio Ramirez from the Atlanta Braves. Both White and Ramirez will come in handy after the team let go Joel Pineiro. Pineiro, who had been with the Mariners since 2000, moves on to Boston leaving behind some big shoes to fill. Seattle Mariners think they have filled in those shoes by signing RHP Jeff Weaver. Weaver played for the Division-rivals, Los Angeles Angels, and the 2007 World Champions, St. Louis Cardinals. Weaver had a 3-2 record and a 2.43 ERA in the playoffs for the Cardinals. This experience can only help strengthen the Mariners’ rotation.
The Mariners also added some hitting, bringing Jose Vidro from the Washington Nationals. He is most likely to be the designated hitter, but the team management likes the fact that he has experience playing with, former National, Jose Guillen. Last season he averaged a .289 batting average, with 7 HR’s and 47 RBI’s.
The corners stayed the same with 3B Adrian Beltre and 1B Richie Sexson. This combination is key for any ball team, and the Mariners are glad to retain it.
Among the other changes, is the acquicition of outfielder Jeff Fraizer from Detroit, and resigning RHP J.J. Putz to a 3-year contract.
Looking ahead might not be easy but the future is bright for this Mariners’ team. The team is expecting another big performance from Ishiro Suzuki, the leadership of Jose Guillen, along with Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson’s batting power. If the team manages to keep the bullpen hot and off injuries the Division-rivals should watch out for a strong overall season by the Mariners. It’s not hard to predict a Playoff season, but the team’s faith is not in our hands, but those who step on that field with the Mariners Jersey.