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He’s Here: C Miguel Olivo, DH Jack Cust, INF Brendan Ryan, INF Adam Kennedy.

He’s Outta There: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, 3B Jose Lopez, DH Mike Sweeney, DH Ken Griffey Jr., 1B Casey Kotchman, C Rob Johnson, 1B-DH Russell Branyan.

Projected Lineup: RF Ichiro Suzuki (.315, 6, 43, 42 SBs), 3B Chone Figgins (.259, 1, 36, 42 SBs), CF Franklin Gutierrez (.245, 12, 64), DH Jack Cust (.272, 13, 52 with Oakland), LF Milton Bradley (.205, 8, 29 in 73 games), 1B Justin Smoak (.218, 13, 48 in 100 games with Texas and Seattle), 2B Brendan Ryan (.223, 2, 36), C Miguel Olivo (.269, 15, 58 with Colorado), SS Jack Wilson (.249, 0, 14 in 61 games).

Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (13-12, 2.27, 232 Ks, AL Cy Young winner), LH Jason Vargas (9-12, 3.78), LH Erik Bedard (injured, did not pitch in 2010), RH Doug Fister (6-14, 4.11), RH Michael Pineda (11-4, 3.36 ERA in 25 starts at Double-A and Triple-A) or LH Luke French (5-7, 4.83 ERA in 13 starts).

Key Relievers: RH Brandon League (9-7, 3.42 in 70 games), RH Josh Lueke (5-2, 1.86 in 50 games with four minor league clubs), RH Chris Ray (5-0, 3.72 ERA in 63 games with Texas and San Francisco), RH David Pauley (4-9, 4.07 in 19 games, 15 starts), RH Jamey Wright (1-3, 4.17 in 46 games with Seattle and Cleveland), RH Tom Wilhelmsen (7-1, 2.19 in 15 games with three minor league teams).

Hot Spots: Back end of the rotation, unproven youngsters in the bullpen, middle of the batting order, closer until David Aardsma returns from hip surgery. The Mariners don’t deny they’re going to be young and inexperienced in places, most notably in the bullpen to start. Getting Aardsma back within the first six weeks and the return of Shawn Kelley at midseason would help. Can Bedard finally stay healthy? If so, Seattle’s first four in rotation looks solid. Scoring runs was the problem though the last two seasons and outside of Cust, the Mariners did very little to address that problem in the offseason. Seattle is counting on Bradley to return to his form of old _ and stay out of trouble _ and Smoak to continue his strong close to 2010.

Outlook: This is step one in a rebuilding project for Wedge. The Mariners won’t call it rebuilding, but with a number of contracts coming off the books after this season and promising prospects in the minors, the Mariners hope 2011 is a bridge between the problems of the past and their future potential. Having the reigning AL Cy Young winner Hernandez and Suzuki at least makes the Mariners interesting and at some point this season will come the likely debuts of young prospects Pineda and second baseman Dustin Ackley. But the likelihood is this will be another long summer of baseball in Seattle.