Forget their best intentions – the Seattle Mariners aren’t going to get Johan Santana and could lose out on Erik Bedard.
So today, they’ll increase their offer to free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda and continue to talk to any team except Oakland about pitching. So far, that hasn’t helped. The Mariners talked to Milwaukee, but the Brewers say they aren’t interested in trading Ben Sheets.
As soon as Detroit acquired Dontrelle Willis, the Mariners called the Tigers to see if they were interested in moving a starting pitcher.
The response: We’ll get back to you.
Seattle has talked about pitching with Minnesota, Toronto, Boston, Baltimore and Los Angeles, with Cleveland and the Cubs, the Mets and Giants. Anyone with pitching wants a lot in return, and – aside from Adam Jones – Seattle’s best prospects simply aren’t considered ready for the majors yet.
Unless Seattle is willing to move Yuniesky Betancourt or George Sherrill or Ichiro – or a combination of all that – no team seems terribly interested in what the Mariners can offer.