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We didn't go out and make any big time pick-ups, but I think this team will be a lot more competitive.  Here's what I'm thinking as far as lineup and rotation goes.  Let me know what you guys think!

Lineup:

1.  Ichiro RF

2.  Gutierrez CF

3.  Lopez 2B

4.  Beltre 3B

5.  Griffey LF

6.  Sweeney 1B

7.  Clement DH

8.  Betancourt SS

9.  Johjima C

 I think if Griffey and Sweeney can stay reasonably healthy (a big if, I know) we can have a decent offense.  Those guys should be able to split DH time, with Morse and Endy Chavez seeing a lot of time as defensive subs and when they needs days off.  Clement and Johjima will probably platoon on those days, depending on who is pitching.  I'd like to see Clement have a breakout year and keep Johjima on the bench...

 Starting rotation:

1.  Hernandez

2.  Bedard

3.  Morrow

4.  Rowland-Smith

5.  Silva

 To hell with Washburn.  If he can't earn a starting job, won't accept a long relief role out of the bullpen, or an assignment to AAA, then cut him.  Everybody is losing money these days, so it shouldn;t be that big of a deal.  The M's lost money by releasing Sexson and Vidro last year, so it's not like it'll be the first time. 

 I'd like Lowe or Corcoran to win the closer job this spring.  Lowe has better "stuff" but Corcoran has the stones and mentality for the job.  I don't want Batista anywhere near the mound...whoever wins the job is just keeping it warm for Fields anyway.

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