For general manager Jack Zduriencik, now that his first draft with the Seattle Mariners is final - now that he and the front office have signed everyone they can - the franchise has taken another large step toward its future.
Call it the Class of '09, but the young players selected and signed since June will go a long way toward shaping Seattle rosters.
Zduriencik and his staff inherited a broken team last winter, and the changes since the Z-man took the reins have been stunning.
New minor league executives, new scouts, new big-league manager and coaching staff.
Trading J.J. Putz, Shawn Green and Jeremy Reed was just the beginning of a major overhaul.
A glance at the Mariners media guide shows just how much their roster has changed this season.
Going alphabetically, Wladimir Balentien, Yuniesky Betancourt, Ronny Cedeno, Jeff Clement, Roy Corcoran, Tug Hulett, Mike Morse, Tyler Walker and Jarrod Washburn have moved on.
This winter, Miguel Batista, Erik Bedard, Adrian Beltre, Russell Branyan, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney will be free agents. It's possible none will return.
The Mariners have rebuilt their outfield, their infield, the pitching staff, and now signed a draft class that could begin producing players in Seattle as early as next summer.
The fact that Zdurienck has provided the talent and Don Wakamatsu and his staff have maxxed it out is indisputable. Despite a constantly changing roster, despite season-ending injuries to Endy Chavez and Bedard - and more time on the disabled list than any team in the majors - the Mariners remain on pace for a .500 or better season.
If the '09 draft comes out as well as the team Zduriencik kept cobbling together this year, Seattle's future is bright, indeed.The man has a plan. So far, so good.