When the Seattle Mariners signed second baseman, Robinson Cano to a mega 10-year, $240 million contract going into the 2014 season, big things were expected of the M’s. Those expectations only increased this season, after narrowly missing out on a playoff berth a year ago, but unfortunately for the Mariners, they’ve turned out to be arguably the most disappointing club in all of baseball.
In any event, if Seattle is to make a furious run towards a playoff berth, they have to take advantage of their next two series matchups. They’ll be battling the downtrodden Rockies first in Colorado, with tickets averaging only $36, and the get-in price being no more than $10 for any of the three games. Those tickets at Coors Field actually represent great value, as even if Seattle is unable to find its way into the win column for the bulk of this series, there should be plenty of runs scored that could lead to some entertaining baseball.
After that showdown in the Rocky Mountains, Mariners tickets spike just a little bit, up to $39 on average, for their three-game series at home with the division rival Rangers, who reside slightly above them in the standings. If the Mariners are to make things interesting in their pursuit of a playoff berth, this series will be a considered a must-win scenario for the club. Fans wanting to see if Seattle can keep their faint postseason hopes alive can also take advantage of the fact that the get-in price for all three affairs does not exceed $15.
At the trading deadline, the Mariners, acted as sellers, trading away their second overall pick from the 2009 MLB Draft, Dustin Ackley, for a pair of minor leaguers from the New York Yankees in Jose Ramirez and Ramon Flores. They also acquired minor league pitchers Nick Wells, Rob Rasmussen and Jacob Brentz from the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Mark Lowe. Additionally, they dealt away left-handed starter J.A. Happ to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson.
None of the moves the Mariners made were to enhance the current product on the field, instead choosing to stockpile a plethora of arms for the future. The problem is, the 2015 Mariners were built as a win-now team. They made a huge splash signing Cano the year prior, and then made another significant move signing one of the best free agents available this past offseason, that of course being slugger Nelson Cruz. Furthermore, they locked up young third baseman Kyle Seager to a seven-year deal worth approximately $100 million.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, they’ve had problems with depth, not getting much production outside of their main core. The same could be said of their pitching rotation, which has not looked as good as anticipated behind staff ace Felix Hernandez. If Seattle doesn’t begin to rally soon, the 2015 campaign will simply end up being just another lost season for a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade.