Seriously people, why the panic?
Yes, the Halos missed out on Halladay and Lee. Yes, Lackey is off to bean-town, Figgy will be running in the cold seattle rain and we appear to have traded one aged OF with a handicap placard for another.
But when has this kind of stuff stopped us from winning? And what do Seattle's improvements have to do with our ability to win?
Lackey has missed the beginnings of the last two seasons and we still managed to play solid baseball. Figgins had a great year last year but we've lost him to injuries in the past and we kept on winning. Vlad missed significant time and we played great while he was gone. We don't need to panic, we dont need to make a signing just to make a signing. We have talent and we will continue to win.
So, stop the crying, put down the bottle and let's be optimistic. Worst Case Scenario, Itzturis is not that much worse than Figgins, Kazmir, if Butcher gets him going right- can easily replace Lackey and we still have all our prospects and some payroll flexibility for potential midseason acquisitions.
And hey, just 9 weeks until pitchers and catchers can report to spring training.