Interesting thoughts on the trading deadline, and here are a few explanations or answers:
&bull If the Mariners got a better starter than Miguel Batista – and that’s not likely to happen – he would move to setup man because he’s good at the job and has done it before. Moving someone like Horacio Ramirez wouldn’t make sense. He’s never been effective in relief.
&bull Dumping Richie Sexson for minor leaguers? Not possible. The only teams interested in Sexson are those who want to move a high-salaried player who’s not performing for them. And the Mariners would have to pay much of Sexson’s deal and whoever they picked up. Not going to happen.
&bull Snaring a relief pitcher better than what Seattle has. What The Mariners think is that Sean Green, Brandon Morrow, Mark Lowe and George Sherrill can probably handle the eighth inning in a pennant race. If they could land, say, Octavio Dotel, they’d have someone they’d actually seen do it. That’s a huge difference.
&bull Moving the best players in the minors? The Mariners have said Adam Jones is untouchable, and that Jeff Clement is all but. They’re willing to move other players in trade, but teams don’t seem to want other players.
&bull There are lots of names being bandied about, but most are either a) unavailable despite rumors, b) no better than what the Mariners already have or c) not worth what teams are demanding for them.
Bottom line? The Mariners almost certainly don’t have a big move to make, and may not do anything. That might not please fans, but this team, it’s manager and its front office think doing nothing is far better than doing the wrong thing.
GM Bill Bavasi and his staff have taken the oath of the medical profession – First, do no harm.
And yes, when the dust settles after the deadline, there’s a very good chance Mr. Jones will be arriving in Seattle.