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Seattle Mariners rumors: Three-man rotation at 1B, DH for Mariners in 2014

The Seattle Mariners need a lot of production from Justin Smoak during the 2014 MLB season.
The Seattle Mariners need a lot of production from Justin Smoak during the 2014 MLB season.
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Seattle Mariners rumors have the team ready to use a three-man rotation at first base and designated hitter in 2014. These Seattle Mariners rumors indicate that Justin Smoak, Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison will be the core of that rotation. According to a report from Monday (Jan. 27) this is the plan that general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon have in place for the upcoming season.

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Reportedly Hart has already been working on getting better at first base during the offseason with the plan that the team will try to plug him in almost every day. Speaking about his return from knee surgery, Hart stated, "I've ramped up everything. I've been running bases and doing baseball stuff. I haven’t gotten on the field yet to do fly balls, but I've been doing simulated ground balls to work on my footwork and agility. It’s been progressing. I've been able to do everything. It’s been nice."

There are also going to be days where Hart and Morrison are used in the outfield, especially if they find a rhythm at the plate and McClendon sees the need to keep them in the lineup. The front office hopes that Hart can get back to the numbers he had in the 2012 season with the Milwaukee Brewers. That year he posted a .270 batting average with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs. Those are the numbers that could help to protect Robinson Cano in the batting order.

While these Seattle Mariners rumors might not include signing a big name hitter like Nelson Cruz, it shows that the team does have a plan heading into Spring Training.

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