In the wake of a lopsided loss to the Angels, this is not likely going to cheer Mariners fans who have been lobbying hard to get outfielder Adam Jones to Seattle.
"Adam will be here one day, and for a long time," manager John McLaren said. "He’s a multi-talented player, a great athlete with power and a marvelous arm. But right now, the mix we have here is doing the job."
McLaren knows the kind of breakthrough season Jones is having for Tacoma, but he is loathe to bring up a rookie in a pennant race and bench a veteran – either left fielder Raul Ibanez or designated hitter Jose Vidro.
"It’s like what I told Bill (Bavasi) about trades," McLaren said. "I don’t want to do something just to have a different name in the lineup. I don’t want to go to a player whose been here fighting with us since spring training and say, ‘You’re going to sit’ unless I believe someone we have is clearly better."
The Mariners won’t say when Jones is coming, but suggest they’ll have their most talented players on the roster – and Jones would seem to fit on that group.
Nearly as frustrating to some fans will be the team’s decision to stick with first baseman Richie Sexson, who is now batting an even .200 for the year. There are obvious options at the postion, from Ibanez to Vidro to Ben Broussard.
The team is sticking with Sexson.
That, of course, could change quickly if the Mariners don’t play well in the finale against the Angels or against Boston this weekend.
For now, the Mariners theory is simple: This group got us here, this group deserves the chance to continue.