What next for Mariners?

Updated: April 23, 2003, 8:46 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Art Thiel poses an interesting question in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: are the rebuilding Indians -- in Seattle this week -- a foreshadowing of what the future will look like for the Mariners?

Like the Indians, the Mariners experienced a fantastic upsurge of interest and winning in the 1990s. While the Mariners managed to continue winning in spite of shedding big name stars one at a time, the Indians seemingly lost all their great over night, landing them in the position of having a rebuilding program. Now that the Mariners roster is aging and there does not appear to be much offensive help in the farm system, Thiel wonders if the team will begin looking to the future by trading some of their pitching to shore up future lineups.

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