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Listen: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian on the Mariners’ chances this season

Tim Kurkjian still sees the Mariners as a team that will compete for a playoff spot. (AP)
LISTEN: ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on the slow MLB offseason

A year ago, ESPN baseball writer and analyst Tim Kurkjian thought the Mariners were set to be a playoff team. After seeing them decimated by injuries last season and go through a fairly quiet offseason, what does he think now?

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“I like what they’ve done in the offseason, some of the pick-ups,” Kurkjian told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob, Groz and Tom. “I think the league is a little bit stronger this year and I think that they’ve got their work cut out for them, but I think they’re gonna be in the hunt – and as long as you’re a contender, you just have to have a few things bounce your way, and then maybe, maybe you make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.”

Kurkjian delved into even more about the Mariners and baseball’s slow offseason in his interview with Bob, Groz and Tom. You can listen to an excerpt at player at the top of this post, or find the whole conversation in this podcast.