The Mariners ranked last in the majors last season in on-base percentage (.260) from their No. 2 hitters. No other team was lower than .279.
Smith had a .367 OBP last season for San Diego, while Ruggiano had a .337 OBP in 81 games for the Cubs.
After being acquired by the
"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.
By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.
"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.
The 36-year-old has been linked to the club recently, and finally decided to return. He spent the first month of last season in the minors, but joined Seattle in late May. Chavez hit .276/.317/.371 over 232 at-bats. The deal includes an invite to spring training.
"It brings out the best of everyone who is fighting for the spot."
Walker posted a 1.96 ERA in six outings last September after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
"He wants to give it a shot," Kingston said. "Full disclosure, there are some veteran non-roster players we're still talking to, and we probably will add a few more here before the start of camp.
"He is somebody we've had some discussions with. So it is a possibility."
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Robinson Cano , 2B||.314|
|HR||Kyle Seager , 3B||25|
|RBI||Kyle Seager , 3B||96|
|OBP||Robinson Cano , 2B||.382|
|SLG||Kyle Seager , 3B||.454|
|R||Robinson Cano , 2B||77|
|SB||James Jones , CF||27|
|W||Hisashi Iwakuma , SP||15|
|ERA||Felix Hernandez , SP||2.14|
|WHIP||Felix Hernandez , SP||0.92|
|K||Felix Hernandez , SP||248|
|SV||Fernando Rodney , RP||48|
|Full Team Statistics|
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