Seems almost hard to believe that the regular season is over. 162 games. It always feels like a lot of games in April - it's a much more finite number in October.
The 2006 Mariners were an improvement over the 2004 and 2005 versions. Although they still finished in the AL West cellar, they won more games and looked much better doing it than the previous 2 clubs.
Now the question is what to do to prepare for next year. Without question, starting pitching is the number one area of concern. The M's have to be right in the thick of the hunt for Matsuzaka-san. Additionally, they must find another #2 or #3 guy through trade - none of the FA guys will be able to deliver the goods (I'm still undecided about Schmidt, but right now leaning against). As far as the MOTO bat goes, I'm okay with either trading for Manny Ramirez or signing Barry Bonds - either guy would provide the firepower that this team sorely lacks. Get those things done and you've got a team that could get it done in 2007.
I like the Twins and the Mets - Twins win it all.