What a difference a year makes. In July of 2013 the Mariner roster shows only five non-pitchers who were with the team in July of 2012. Those five are Brendan Ryan, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, and Justin Smoak.
The 2012 players who have sailed on are not missed. Trayvon Robinson, though not currently on Orioles active roster, has played 22 games with the Orioles this season, hitting .326. He went to the Orioles for Robert Andino, who is also gone from the Mariners. Nor is Casper Wells doing well. In 32 games with Chicago White Sox he is hitting .182 after going 0-5 with Oakland.
With Brad Miller hitting and fielding like the Mariner shortstop for years to come, Kawasaki, hitting .213 for Toronto does not bring any remorse from his departure. And the Mariners do not miss Miguel Olivo, who hit .203 in 74 at bats with Miami. He is not on current 25-man roster.
There are a couple players doing well.
Mike Carp is with Boston, batting .317 with 8 home runs in 139 at bats. John Jaso is hitting .271 average in 207 at bats with the evil Oakland A’s. Ichiro, though still a good player, is clearly is on the down side of his career, and does not fit with the Mariners current plans.
Carlos Peguero is in Tacoma, as is Jesus Montero, now doing a rehab stint. With Zunino the catcher of the future and with Smoak actually getting hits, Montero who is due for a suspension from MLB at some point for PED’s, could become the invisible Mariner.
And in case you forgot, there was Chone Figgins, currently at home watching TV.
The current roster does look way better than those now departed. But what will the roster of July 2014 look like. It could be that we will be saying the same things about another 10 departed players. That would be scary.