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51 | Ichiro, center fielder

Age:33. HT:5-9. WT:170.

Bats: Left.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … another 200-hit, 100-run season (like his first six), defensive play as good in center field as it has been in right field, and some leadership from the longest-tenured Mariner. Ichiro is the only player who has been with the team continuously since 2001.

The big question: Is this Ichiro’s last year with the Mariners? He can be a free agent, and if the team isn’t winning by the trade deadline, it might be tempted to deal Ichiro, rather than lose him at the end of the season and get nothing.

Spring things: Ichiro has looked comfortable in center field, and there’s no reason to think he won’t make a smooth transition from right field.

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
SEATTLE .322 110 224 20 9 9 49 45
Career .331 671 1,354 155 50 61 359 235

Adrian Beltre

29 | Adrian Beltre, third base

Age: 27. HT: 5-11. WT: 220.

Bats: Right.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … Beltre to get off to a good start for a change. His final numbers weren’t bad last year, but by the time he started hitting, the Mariners’ season was toast. Maybe he’ll be comfortable hitting second in the lineup from the start, and provide numbers worthy of his $64 million contract.

Splitsville: In 2005, Beltre hit .236 in April and May, with just five home runs. Last year was even worse, .230 with two homers the first two months.

Spring things: If hitting well in Arizona has anything to do with getting off to a fast start, the Mariners have to like what they saw from Beltre in the Cactus League.

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
SEATTLE .268 88 166 39 4 25 89 11
Career .271 613 1,269 251 23 191 686 76

Jose Vidro

5 | Jose Vidro, designated hitter

Age: 32. HT: 5-11. WT: 195.

Bats: Both.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … Vidro to prove he belongs in the No. 3 spot in the order. He won’t hit for a lot of power — more than 15 home runs would be a shock — but if he can get on base, keep innings going, drive in a few runs and give Raul Ibanez and Richie Sexson a chance to drive in more, it might work out.

They also need … Vidro to stay healthy, which he hasn’t been able to do the past three seasons. He hasn’t played 150 games since the 2002 season.

Spring things: Vidro was the kind of player in Arizona the Mariners hope to see this season — a line-drive machine who was among the team leaders in RBI.

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
WASHINGTON .289 52 134 26 1 7 47 1
Career .301 614 1,280 304 12 115 550 21

Raul Ibanez

28 | Raul Ibanez, left fielder

Age: 34. HT: 6-2. WT: 220.

Bats: Left.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … another season like 2006, when Ibanez put up career bests in home runs, RBI, hits and runs.

Good company: Ibanez became the sixth Mariner to have at least 30 home runs, 100 RBI and 100 runs in the same season last year. He joined Ken Griffey Jr. (did it five seasons), Alex Rodriguez (four), Jay Buhner (two), Bret Boone (two) and Edgar Martinez.

Spring things: Maybe there’s more of this to come, if his Cactus League play is any indication. Ibanez crushed the ball this spring, leading the Mariners in home runs (five) and RBI (15) before they left Arizona for the final spring games in San Francisco and Las Vegas.

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
SEATTLE .289 103 181 33 5 33 123 2
Career .284 530 1,017 199 26 138 579 32

Richie Sexson

44 | Richie Sexson, first baseman

Age: 32. HT: 6-8. WT: 235.

Bats: Right.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … Sexson to hit 35 to 40 home runs and drive in 110 runs. With Ichiro, Beltre, Vidro and Ibanez hitting in front of him, he should have plenty of RBI chances.

Joined at the hip: Sexson and Beltre share more than the fact they signed huge free-agent contracts with the Mariners in December 2004. Like Beltre, Sexson has not started either of his two Seattle seasons well, especially last season, when he was hitting .205 with just six home runs on June 1.

Spring things: Good thing Cactus League stats don’t count — Sexson started spring play with an 0-for-18 streak, and never did really get going.

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
SEATTLE .264 75 156 40 0 34 107 1
Career .269 661 1,135 230 17 273 844 12

Jose Guillen

6 | Jose Guillen, right fielder

Age: 30. HT: 5-11. WT: 195.

Bats: Right.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … Guillen to be the player he was for the Angels in 2004, when he hit .294 with 27 home runs and 104 RBI.

What they definitely don’t need … is for Guillen to be the guy was suspended late in that 2004 season for freaking out after he was removed for a pinch-runner. Come to think of it, they don’t really need him to be the player he was last year, either — a .216 hitter whose season ended early because of injury.

Spring things: Guillen, coming off elbow surgery, was not rushed into games this spring. He started hitting as soon as he got on the field, though (.353, with four home runs when the team left Peoria).

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
WASHINGTON .216 28 52 15 1 9 40 1
Career .272 513 1,058 205 20 143 574 22

Kenji Johjima

2 | Kenji Johjima, catcher

Age: 30. HT: 6-0. WT: 200.

Bats: Right.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … more of the same from Johjima, who made a nice transition from Japan last season, particularly as a hitter.

More power coming? Johjima’s 18 home runs last season were more than his former Japanese manager, Sadaharu Oh, expected him to hit, and Oh knows a thing or two about home runs. But Johjima averaged 30 homers his last five years in Japan, and while Japanese power stats don’t always translate, he could be capable of more than 18.

Spring things: Johjima has struggled defensively, but that might be because he’s working on some of his mechanics behind the plate, which he hopes will help him in the long run.

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
SEATTLE .291 61 147 25 1 18 76 3
Career .291 61 147 25 1 18 76 3

Jose Lopez

4 | Jose Lopez, second baseman

Age: 23. HT: 6-0. WT: 200.

Bats: Right.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … Lopez to be the hitter he was the first two months of last season, when he was hitting .291 with eight home runs and 40 RBI on May 28. Lopez’s power disappeared after that, just two home runs the rest of the season.

Not a Safeco fan: Lopez hit .251 at Safeco Field last season, compared to .309 on the road. Lopez’s career average at home is .246; his road average .283.

Spring things: Lopez got off to a slow start this spring. He sprained an ankle in January playing winter ball in his native Venezuela, and didn’t play the first week of Cactus League games. But he seems fine, and shows no effects of the injury.

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
SEATTLE .282 78 170 28 8 10 79 5
Career .265 124 265 60 8 17 126 9

Yuniesky Betancourt

3 | Yuniesky Betancourt, shortstop

Age: 25. HT: 5-10. WT: 190.

Bats: Right.

Throws: Right.

Mariners need … Betancourt to take a walk once in a while. His .289 batting average and 42 extra-base hits last season were probably more than the Mariners had hoped for, but he walked just 17 times.

Good glove: Betancourt made several spectacular plays in the field last season, and until May 7, he made all the plays, period. Betancourt didn’t make an error until then, a streak of 31 games. He became the first Mariners shortstop to go a month without an error since Alex Rodriguez did it in June 2000.

Spring things: Betancourt was solid in the field, and at the plate in Cactus League play (.382 with 10 RBI before breaking camp).

By the numbers
2006 Avg R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
SEATTLE .289 68 161 28 6 8 47 11
Career .280 92 215 39 11 9 62 12

Mike Hargrove

21 | Mike Hargrove (third year)

Age: 57.

W-L: 1,143-1,140 (.501), 15 seasons.

Playing career: Hargrove, a first baseman, played 12 seasons in the major leagues, with Texas, San Diego and Cleveland. He was a career .290 hitter, with 80 home runs.

Personal: Hargrove and his wife Sharon have five children, including son Andy, a Mariners minor-leaguer.

Mariners need … to win, or this is Hargrove’s last season with the M’s.

By the numbers
W-L PCT Place GB
2005 69-93 .426 4th 26
2006 78-84 .481 4th 15
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