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Mariners are the next Rays

3/8/2012
Felix Hernandez is the cornerstone of Seattle's Rays-type rebuild. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The future is bright for teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals. These up-and-coming teams have been constructed the right way and might soon establish themselves as contenders for years to come.

There is one rebuilding club that is a step behind them, but by 2014 this team should be able to compete with the game's highest payrolls and could easily be dubbed the next Tampa Bay Rays -- the poster boys for success without breaking the bank. That team? The Seattle Mariners.