The Seattle Mariners are more convinced now than they were the day the season ended that Jose Lopez will be their second baseman on opening night 2010.
It’s not necessarily what they had in mind.
As we’ve been saying here for two months, Lopez is one of the few trading chips Seattle has this winter, along with pitchers Brandon Morrow and Mark Lowe. At the GM meetings, the Mariners talks with other teams often included a mention of Lopez.
No one bit. No one showed the slightest interest in giving up anything Seattle needs for Jose Lopez.
The problem is …