While it's clearly t0o early to know what's going to happen, it seems that some national media outlets don't have high hopes for the Mariners.
Sports Illustrated likes the A's in the AL West. It will take huge years from Beltre, Sexson and Johjima to get them close to .500. Yikes.
ESPN's first power rankings have the M's at 26th. Ouch.
My biggest concern? The AL West is going to be tough. Not tuff like in The Outsiders (you know, Elvis is tuff, Mustangs are tuff), but tough like the other three teams are good and the Mariners are at best mediocre.
Not exactly a cheery outlook, but that's why they play the games right?