The deadline came, the deadline passed, and the Seattle Mariners parted with a veteran right-handed pitcher that might have been as good a middle reliever as there was on the market – Julio Mateo.
After looking and not finding pitching help they were willing to give up talent to get, the Mariners sent Mateo – and his pending spousal abuse case – to the Philadelphia Phillies for an infielder unlikely to make their roster.
It depends which side of the debate you’re standing on. Either the team was foolish and gave up talent for nothing, or it’s a major league franchise with a high moral standard.
Mateo broke team policy and teammates hearts this spring in New York, eventually turning himself in to police for abusing his wife in the team hotel. He never threw another pitch Seattle.
He never will.
The Mariners followed two policies at the deadline. First, they did no harm to their roster or their future. And second, they backed their off-field rules with actions – they moved a man who, under most any other circumstances, they’d have called up for the stretch run.