Cespedes struggles to hit major league pitching, and none of the prospects from their winter trades are ready to make an impact. With no move to San Jose imminent, the franchise continues to hang in limbo.
The young pitching arrives sooner than expected. The young core of Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak makes big strides, and the Mariners play meaningful games in the second half for the first time since 2009.
Montero struggles at spacious Safeco Field, and an anemic offense is just as unwatchable as it was last year. Felix Hernandez voices his frustration by asking for a trade, and the Mariners spiral toward a third straight 90-loss season.