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.
Sources: The Mariners are considering a full-fledged teardown this winter. If trade market is strong, they’ve told teams they’re willing to move just about anyone. And if that happens, they have indicated they’re willing to wait a few years to build a competitive team again.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 6, 2018
However, Dipoto is not ready to wave the white flag just yet and has addressed such rumors saying that they are overblown.
Dipoto taps brakes on all the "teardown" talk. He'll be active this winter, as always, but says today's reports of roster selloff were "clearly over-dramatized." Here's the latest from the GM meetings in Calif. https://t.co/khHwxsuw8S— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) November 7, 2018
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.