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Mariners players impressing in Venezuelan, Dominican Winter League

A couple of key Mariners players are staying busy this offseason.

Stephen Dunn

It's always interesting to see how baseball players spend their offseason. Some like to rest and relax following the long grind of a 162-game season. Others like to put in work in the weight room, or even rehab a body part if it gave them problems the past year.

Many players also elect to return home to their native countries and play in a Winter League. For a couple of Seattle Mariners, they have returned home to Venezuela or the Dominican Republic to continue playing baseball on a daily basis.

As this article from the Mariners' official site details, quite a few projected starters are playing well right now. Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who has really fallen off the past couple of seasons due to injuries, is batting .313 over the course of 18 games. If he can stay healthy, he could play a big role with the M's in 2013.

Carlos Peguero has also hit well recently, batting .381 in five games for Gigantes del Cibao. Peguero is batting .367 with three doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in 14 games this offseason.

For a full recap of Mariners players in action, check this article out.