While much of the attention will be paid to Brad Miller and Chris Taylor as they compete to be the Mariners' starting shortstop, Michael Grey writes that the more intriguing position battle is with the fifth spot in the rotation.
With Hisashi Iwakuma healthy and three young players with MLB experience competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, the Mariners have a starting rotation in the conversation to be one of the best in baseball.
With Marshawn Lynch mulling retirement, the Seahawks are faced with the possibility of having to make key offseason decisions without knowing whether or not their star running back will be playing in 2015.
In mid-November, I wrote about the danger of the "irreplaceable employee" and the situation that the Seahawks found themselves in with Marshawn Lynch. In the wake of their loss in Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks enter the offseason with a similar predicament and maybe even more on the line.
The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us with all of its face-stuffing, belt-unbuckling, football-gorging wonderfulness, so what better time to look back and see what Seahawks fans have to give thanks for this year?
Marshawn Lynch looks as good as ever as he continues to be the focal point of Seattle's offense. The problem is that none of the Seahawks' other running backs have proven capable of shouldering the load, which casts doubt about what their backfield might look like without him.
The Seahawks have traded their No. 1 receiver, dealt with the resulting distractions and sustained a wave of injuries that could have capsized their season. After passing all those tests, they're 5-3 and still in position to repeat as champions.
Sunday's game against St. Louis showed how much Seattle's offense will have to rely on Russell Wilson going forward given the injuries along the offensive line, an inconsistent running game and no more Percy Harvin.
With no more breaks over the final 13 weeks, now would be a good time for the Seahawks to utilize backup running backs Robert Turbin and/or Christine Michael with an eye toward preserving Marshawn Lynch as well as quarterback Russell Wilson.