Yes very good improvements have been made by this Seattle team. First of all, the Cliff Lee deal was a great trade that makes Seattle's one-two starting pitchers unbelievable. Then Milton Bradley is a guy who has his issues, but when he plays his best ball as he did for Texas, he is an all-star and well worth it. They then moved Franklin Guttierez into the lineup in centerfield which improves them tremendously, and acquired 1B Casey Kotchman which is another great defenive player. Across the diamond at 3B, they let Adrian Beltre walk and signed utilityman Chone Figgins for 4 years, a guy who will hit 1st or 2nd, right in front or right behing Ichrio, making Seattle one of the fastest teams at the top of the order. Last, they traded away young pitcher Brandon Morrow for RP Brandon League, a hard thrower who will take the place of Sean Green in the pen. So overall Seattle may have had the best offseason to this point, strengthening their team offensively and defensively.