SEE ALSO: Midseason Top 10 Prospects
|Mariners Midseason Top 10|
|1. Kyle Lewis, OF|
|2. Nick Neidert, RHP|
|3. Tyler O'Neill, OF|
|4. Andrew Moore, RHP|
|5. Evan White, 1B|
|6. Sam Carlson, RHP|
|7. Braden Bishop, OF|
|8. Thyago Vieira, RHP|
|9. Max Povse, RHP|
|10. Alexander Campos, SS|
The Mariners had the busiest offseason of any team in baseball, making 15 trades in an attempt to push the franchise to its first playoff appearance since 2001.
While they haven't exactly set the world on fire, they are in wild-card contention and making more moves to try and get over the top. The Mariners have spent the year stuck hovering around .500—they've had a winning record for all of three days this entire season—but nonetheless entered July 20 just 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with the rest of the American League wild card field mired in mediocrity.
They already showed themselves to be buyers with a deal to acquire David Phelps from the Marlins for four prospects, and more moves are in play.
Mitch Haniger, Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Jean Segura are all finally healthy together after spending time on the DL at various points, and as a result the Mariners are playing their best baseball of the season. They have won seven of nine to pull back to .500, and still stand to get Hisashi Iwakuma back from shoulder inflammation later in the year.
Though their core of Hernandez, Iwakuma, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz is getting older, the Mariners have shown no indication they are going to tear down. With the longest current playoff drought in baseball hanging over them (since 2001), they are going for it and making the most of what they can with a limited farm system.