Mariners Insider Blog

Building new Mariners outfield or filling one spot?

We're going to continue rebuilding the Seattle Mariners, though we're only allowed to hope for trades and free agent signings, and yesterday there were plenty of ideas on what do do with the starting rotation.

Today - the outfield.

There are plenty of young, potentially strong outfielders on the Mariners roster and in the Seattle farm system. The first issue: Are we going to return incumbents Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez to right and center field?

Gutierrez had to get hot late just to have a bad year instead of a sub-.200 season. In the end, over 92 games, he batted .224 with one home run and 19 RBI. After 10 All-Star seasons, Ichiro batted .272 - 59 points off his career average - and will turn 38 in two weeks. In the outfield, his Gold Glove defense turned average, with occasional flurries of indifference.

As you consider that, here are the other outfield candidates: left-handed hitters Mike Carp, Carlos Peguero and Michael Saunders,  right-handed hitters Casper Wells, Greg Halman and Mike Wilson and switch-hitter Trayvon Robinson.

You can go with four or five outfielders, assuming the bench we build later this week will have someone who can play infield or outfield. For now, build your starting infield and explain why it's the best one the Mariners can field.

And stop by tomorrow - we'll get to work on some other aspect of Mariners baseball, 2012.