Mariners a free agency sleeping giant
November, 23, 2013
By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider
Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesStarter Felix Hernandez, signed through 2019, has Seattle's only long-term contract.There are more than a few rising young executives -- and older executives, for that matter -- who are outside of the Seattle Mariners' organization and looking in, and they are wistful, wishing they could grab the Mariners’ steering wheel.
First and foremost, they love the city, curled around Puget Sound, surrounded by fir trees and hemlocks; they see it as a great place to live. They love the ballpark, underrated and underappreciated. They see potential in the passion of a fan base that is dormant after more than a decade of struggles.
They see the Mariners as the great sleeping giant in baseball.
They see a possible financial powerhouse, given that the Mariners own their own television network.
They see a team saturated with prospects taken near the top of the draft.