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Stelton: Jerry Dipoto’s optimism about Mariners’ rotation isn’t good enough

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto joined Bob, Groz and Tom on Monday, and the focus quickly turned to the team’s starting pitching.

Drayer: Dipoto confident Mariners can enter 2018 with current rotation

Dipoto has made no additions to the rotation so far this offseason, though the Mariners did trade for veteran Mike Leake late last season. Leake makes up the current projected rotation with presumptive ace James Paxton, one-time Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, the versatile Erasmo Ramirez, and a No. 5 spot that the trio of Andrew Moore, Marco Gonzales and Ariel Miranda will compete for.

Though Dipoto said the Mariners are comfortable with their starting pitching heading into the upcoming season – and didn’t completely rule out the team signing another pitcher before spring training – it wasn’t enough to sway Bob Stelton after the way the Mariners’ pitching performed last season, as he explains in the video above.