2001 was an incredible year for Seattle Mariners fans, as the team tied the MLB record for single-season wins with an astonishing 116 victories in 162 games. That year’s team ended up losing in the American League Championship Series to the eventual World Series Runner-Up New York Yankees, and the Mariners haven’t been back to the postseason since. After a solid 2014 in which the club finished 87-75, 2015 was largely disappointing, as the club sputtered to a 76-86 finish.
With offensive weapons such as Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz still under contract, and ace Felix Hernandez entering just his age-30 season, Mariners fans are clamoring for the club to make a push to win now in a relatively weak (or at least uncertain) American League West division. After General Manager Jack Zduriencik was fired in August of 2015, the team hired former major-leaguer and then-Red Sox advisor Jerry Dipoto to be the club’s new general manager on September 28. Dipoto wasted little time getting started with overhauling the club’s roster, and made a wide variety of moves via trades and free agency in an attempt to improve the team for 2016.