I got a question into Jonah Keri from BP about it in the chat that's going on right now:
"QuietStorm (Bellingham, WA): The Everett signing isn't *quite* going to bring a dynasty to town. What'll it take for the Mariners to compete, and what's the likely timeframe? And, on that note, does the Everett signing help the M's in any significant fashion?
Jonah Keri: As my friend (and Mariners expert) Dave Cameron put it, if Everett is truly bad, he won't last enough at-bats to hurt the team all that much. But it's also hard to see Everett suddenly pulling a great season out of his dinosaur-repelling hat. Even .260/.330/.460 would be a surprise for him at his age, in that park.
I do think the M's have more good, young talent than people give them credit for, though. Jose Lopez and Jeremy Reed could be plus players for the next several years, and they're young and under Mariner control for a while. Felix Hernandez, to me, is the most exciting player in the majors.
If Bavasi can make a few strategic moves (I LOVED the Jojhima deal), maybe send Betancourt to the walk fairy for a little help, this team could surprise, sooner than you might think."
Your wisemen don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick...