The last time the Seattle Mariners made the playoffs, Ichiro was a rookie and people were waiting in line to rent Shrek at their local Blockbuster. 

The Mariners have the longest current playoff drought of any team in Major League Baseball, having last reached the postseason in 2001. In the past few seasons, general manager Jerry Dipoto's wheeling and dealing has kept the team relatively competitive, but it has failed to push the team over the threshold and into October baseball.

Reports have suggested that Seattle is planning on starting from scratch by ​moving key pieces such as ​James Paxton, Jean Segura and Edwin Diaz in order to bring in some young talent. 

However, Dipoto is not ready to wave the white flag just yet and has addressed such rumors saying that they are overblown. ​​

​​This does not necessarily mean that the Mariners will not rebuild in 2019. No general manager ever wants to admit to a "teardown," especially right after a season where their team won 89 games. 

Even though he does not want to admit it, Dipoto knows that the right thing to do is to tear this roster down and build for the future.

Perhaps a future when the Astros aren't so stacked.