When they opened their first season under general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Don Wakamatsu last April, the Seattle Mariners were a far different team than they'd been in 2008.
Six players made their first opening day roster - Roy Corcoran, Chris Jakubauskas, Shawn Kelley, Rob Johnson, Matt Tuiasosopo and Wladimir Balentien.
There were also the newly acquired Mariners: Franklin Gutierrez, Endy Chavez, Ken Griffey Jr., Russell Branyan, Mike Sweeney, Ronny Cedeno and David Aardsma.
In all, that was 13 players who weren't on the team one year earlier. A major roll over, and part of what led the Mariners to their 85-77 record.
Opening day, 2010? There will be new names once again.
To start with, Miguel Batista, Jamie Burke, Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Chavez, Cedeno, Kenji Johjima, Jarrod Washburn, Corcoran and Jakubauskas - all of whom played for the Mariners last April - won't return.
Mike Sweeney, Erik Bedard and Branyan are free agents, and the team is pursuing only Branyan at this point.
And Zduriencik hasn't yet made a trade. Expect him to, and that likely means even more turnover.
What Zduriencik had last April was still, by and large, Bill Bavasi's roster.
Yes, he tweaked it in his first off-season and throughout the year, bringing aboard players like Gutierrez, Aardsma, Jack Wilson, Jack Hannahan, Bill Hall, Ian Snell, Luke French, Mike Carp, Cedeno, Griffey and Sweeney.
As some of Bavasi's players move on this winter - Beltre, perhaps Bedard, Batista - Zduriencik has the opportunity to further make the Mariners over in his image of what a team should be.
The team has freed up salary and has the money to pursue a few free agents. Zduriencik has trading chips like Jose Lopez, Mark Lowe and Brandon Morrow available. And he has holes to fill.
The new faces on the Mariners opening day roster next April are going to out-number those who were on the team one year earlier. For Zduriencik, who has been trying to restock the farm system - one of his highest priorities - it will move the team closer to reflecting his philosophy.
That first game, you're going to need a program.
* Left-hander Ryan Feierabend's 2009 season ended during his first spring bullpen session, when something popped in his elbow. The Mariners big-league team never saw him again, as the 24-year-old spent all summer rehabbing in Peoria, Ariz.
Everett's Kirby Arnold talked to Feierabend, who believes he'll come to camp in 2010 with the chance to win a job. "Hopefully this year they’ll be able to take a closer look at me and see what I’ve got," Feierabend said.
* Being a Christian in the world of sports has become something of an irritant to many who tire of hearing players giving all credit to God. Marlins rookie of the year Chris Coghlan understands that and keeps his faith to himself - unless asked.
Miami Herald writer Dan Le Batard asked, and the result is a fascinating look at a young man's relationship with his God. Whatever your feelings on religion, this is a good read.
* Oakland insisted it was going cheap this off-season and, good to their word, the Athletics have invited Dallas McPherson to spring training, where he'll compete for the wide open third base job.
Once considered an Angels phenom, McPherson is now 29 and has played 11 big-league games the past three years, in part because of back problems. Want a reason to root for the guy? He recently left agent Scott Boras.
* ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says those trade talks between Seattle and Detroit - involving Brandon Morrow and others for Edwin Jackson and Curtis Granderson - aren't going well. He says the Tigers are asking too much.
* The Mets are looking beyond John Lackey, in case they can't land the big fish, to middle of the rotation starters like Ben Sheets. Their top candidate after Lackey? Ex-Mariner Joel Pineiro.
* The New York Times expects Minnesota's Joe Mauer to win the American League MVP today, but takes a decidedly New York slant on it's story.It wonders if Mauer might leave the Twins after next year and sign with, oh I don't know, the Yankees or Red Sox?