BP Daily: Decision time in Seattle

The Mariners are close to the lead, but should they go for it now, or later?

Originally Published: June 26, 2009
By Christina Kahrl | Baseball Prospectus

Should we pity the Seattle Mariners, or envy them? They're two games over .500, but also only 2 ½ games out of first place in the American League West. Operating in Year One under new management from GM Jack Zduriencik on down, the franchise might actually already be in a position to cash in on the promises that Bill Bavasi's old regime couldn't keep -- or it might only be a mediocre team in a mediocre division, fighting for the right to be squashed in October by the AL's heavyweights in the East. So Zduriencik and company are left pondering the question posed by existential philosopher Mick Jones: Should I stay or should I go?