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Seattle Mariners Preview

ABOUT BASEBALL breaks down & previews the 2005 Seattle Mariners.

2004 Record: 63-99, last in AL West
Home Ballpark: Safeco Field
Manager: Mike Hargrove

2005 Prediction: 86-66, 2nd in AL West

Meet the New Mariners:
Adrian Beltre (3B) from Dodgers
Yuniesky Betancourt (IF) via free agency
**Ricky Gutierrez (2B) via free agency from Red Sox
**Jeff Nelson (RP, rhp) from Rangers
Pokey Reese (2B) from Red Sox
**Aaron Sele (SP, rhp) from Angels
Richie Sexson (1B) from Diamondbacks
Aaron Taylor (RP, lhp) from Rockies

Nice Knowing Ya:
Sean Green (RP, rhp) from Rockies
Edgar Martinez (DH) Retired

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jeremy Reed CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Richie Sexson 1B
Bret Boone 2B
Raul Ibanez DH
Randy Winn LF
Miguel Olivo C
Pokey Reese SS

Outlook: The M's signed two big offensive names in the offseason: Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson.

Add them to a group already featuring Ichiro and Bret Boone - and you're looking at a much-improved lineup. Lefty Jamie Moyer is 42, but is a soft tosser with a lot left in his arm. The Seattle staff, which also includes the talented Joel Pinerio, is not as brutal as some say. Thereare a few hurlers here capable of double-digit wins. 

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