Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jack Z Finally Gets His Power Hitter
As Mariners fans, watching the last dozen years has been more than frustrating. The cause of this frustration was the run, and home run totals. Robinson Cano was a HUGE addition for this offense in that he gave the young guys someone to model their approach after in the clubhouse and someone who can give our leadoff and two hitters some good pitches to hit. Hitting .314 also helps.
But power is still sorely lacking. In 2014, the M’s ranked 10th in home runs, 12th in runs, 12th in slugging % out of the 15 American League teams.
Fortunately, this offseason is a great time to be looking for a big bat.
Guys like Nelson Cruz, Victor Martinez and many more are scheduled to become free agents. Here is a more in-depth look into all the best power hitters hitting the market this offseason, and who the Mariners’ top targets should be.
Robinson Cano signed with Seattle primarily because of a very, very large number at the bottom of a piece of paper. But another contributor to him choosing the M’s was a promise from Jack Z that he was only the first big signing the Mariners were going to make. Let’s all hope he stays true to word.