They are the only players remaining from the 2010 Mariner team, and Smoak only played 30 games for Seattle after coming over from Texas in the Cliff Lee trade.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and John Schneider, the GM, have gotten attention for quickly turning over their roster, making multiple players moves, all towards getting the players they want to fit their mold. But the Seahawks with all their moves, still have at least, by my quick count, at least eight players from 2010. Considering the short career span for NFL players, that is pretty good. It has been players surrounding, Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Chris Clemons, Kam Chancellor, Jon Ryan, and Breno Giacomini, that have come and gone.
The Mariners used 32 players in 2010, so using that number the Mariners have 9% left from 2010 (Hernandez, Smoak, and Saunders). Even using the 25 roster number, it is 12%. It could be argued the Mariners are turning over their roster at a bigger percentage.
The Seahawks, according to everyone who is writing about, and talking about, football, are saying the Seahawks are poised to get to the Super Bowl. They have young, quick, hard hitting, and tough minded players, the kind Carroll and Schneider wanted. They built this team.
Now the Mariners have young players like Brad Miller, Nick Franklin, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino; and if they continue to get back on track ,Dustin Ackley and Michael Saunders. I would mention pitchers Danny Hultzen and Taijuan walker, but as good as they have been in the minor leagues, they have yet to prove themselves at the big league level.
The point is that both Seattle franchises have been doing the same thing, and while the Seahawks have gotten to where they want to be, the Mariners have not, but in a couple years their plan may have played out like the Seahawks. Baseball is a slower paced game, both on the field and off. And as we all know with the Mariners the future is never now, but always is the future. But maybe it is getting here soon.