Seattle still short on pitching
It's probably fair to say that the gentle fans of the Pacific Northwest are expecting more. And not just because of the typical starry-eyed offseason optimism felt by most fans from San Diego to Boston, and Seattle to Biscayne Bay. After all, the Mariners spent a whole lot of money on a whole lot of hitters in Adrian Beltre, Richie Sexson and Pokey Reese.
OK: Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson. And a whole lot of glove in Pokey Reese.
But that's essentially all the Mariners did this offseason: three significant changes to a roster that lost 99 games in 2004. It seems hardly possible that such a roster could actually win enough games to challenge for anything better than third place in 2005. But then, if my analysis ended there, this wouldn't be much of a column, would it.