Every team (well every team not from Miami) tries to improve its chances during the off season. Some are better at it than others. Some are looking for long-term improvement and others a quick bang for the buck. There are splashy movers, bargain hunters and bottom of the barrel teams. At the end of the day the results play out over 162 games.
At the risk of being premature, here's a look at the bottom 11 teams from 2012 and after 145 games (+-) in 2013.
2012 Losses --> 2013 Losses to date
Seattle 87 -> 80
NYM 88 -> 79
Toronto 89 -> 77
Kansas City 90 -> 69
Boston 93 -> 58
Miami 93 -> 90
Cleveland 94 -> 67
Minnesota 96 -> 80
Colorado 98 -> 79
Chicago Cubs 101 -> 82
Houston 107 -> 96
Only the afore mentioned Marlins are closer to exceeding their 2012 level of futility as the Mariners (and Mets). And some of our fellow 2012 bottom dwellers will be playing October Baseball. This year.
I don't blame the kids or the "veteran guys". I don't even blame Wedge.
There is one of three possible explanations for this. 1) The Mariners didn't have a plan for the 2012 offseason, 2) they had a plan and didn't execute it or 3) they had a plan, executed it and it didn't work. In each case the blame belongs with ownership. Their willingness to subject the fan-base to losing season after losing season permeates the organization. It makes off seasons like this past one possible. Until ownership takes, well, ownership nothing changes.