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Radio: Jack Zduriencik and Eric Wedge on Hot Stove League Show

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm with 1 Comment »
December 11, 2012 11:06 pm

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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Eric Wedge were on Tuesday’s night’s Hot Stove League on  ESPN 710 with Shannon Drayer, Matt Pitman and a very hoarse Mike Blowers.

Zduriencik didn’t say anything earth shattering. He said he is still having “pretty heavy” discussions with several agents about hitters. He also talked about being disciplined about staying the road they are on versus taking a risk on a trade for a player with only one or two years of control (like Shin Soo-Choo).

Drayer asked if Zduriencik might just stay the course with what he has instead of completely mortgaging the future.

“That’s probably not the popular thing to say,” Zduriencik said. “I’d love to do something right now. Maybe we will through free agency.”

Zduriencik also talked about the idea of not chasing fool’s good.

Other notes …

  • Casper Wells had lasik surgery this offseason.
  • Dustin Ackley played with a bad bone spur on his left ankle all of last season and had surgery on it.
  • He talked about trade talks with other teams and their demands.
  • He talked about the value of his young prospects
  • Zduriencik’s phone went about six times. He also has a Godfather theme as a ringtone.
  • He talked about his views on length of contract. You can tell he’s not a fan of contracts over six years.

Wedge audio and notes after the jump

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  • He talked about sticking to the plan of the organization and not completely abandoning that philosophy.
  • He talked about the additions and roles of Jason Bay and Robert Andino.
  • Brendan Ryan’s hitting and not winning the gold glove.
  • he offered his thoughts on the MVP race, choosing Miguel Cabrera
  • He hopes that Montero and Jaso will handle the catching duties with Montero getting a few more starts
  • Wedge would like another veteran position player.



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  1. SharkHawk says:

    So the M’s go and sign Bay…. while the Angels go and get Hamilton, thus weakening the Rangers and strengthening their own team. Wow, nice move Jackie Z. The M’s just weakened a Sunday softball league in Kirkland or perhaps the independent league team in St. Paul through their signing of Bay. But the Angels made a move that hurts the remainder of the division if nothing else, and seems to be an upgrade over who they had playing the outfield last year (give you a hint… he’s old and was non-tendered).

    I don’t understand what exactly the M’s are doing. I guess I just prefer the Gillick method of getting some young players to develop, but always have some key veterans that the young players are pushing and are ready to take over if needed. Gillick was able to spot talent with older players too and fill very specific needs.

    I don’t think the current regime gets it at all. Their “young talent” that was supposed to lead this team to the world series in 2015 or whatever it is has had a couple of seasons now to prove themselves and seem to be regressing. So what do they do? They sign another washed up hitter like Jackie Z. does every single year, and claims guys are going to have breakout years, and oh yeah…. they fire the hitting coach. You always have to make sure to fire the hitting coach to keep the heat off of the two headed monster upstairs calling the shots.

    Smoak, Carp, Wells, Ackley, Guti… is this the murderers row they are creating? The only really good hitter they’ve come up with seems to be Seager and he seems to be a surprise to all of them and has outperformed the expectations. They seemed to draft him as a favor to Ackley almost and he’s the best player on the team. This isn’t looking good. We just dropped to a solid 4th place in the division. Thank goodness we won’t finish in last this year because of the Astros though. At least we got that going for us.

    Hamilton only got 5 years from the Angels. The Rangers offered 4 max and seemed pretty intent on sticking at 3. Why wouldn’t the M’s offer a 6th year? If nothing else they might have sold enough season tickets to offset some of the risk of a sixth season, and if nothing else… they have a Cliff Lee type situation where they can trade him at a deadline any time they don’t feel comfortable that he fits, because teams always want a hitter, especially one who is locked up for a few more years. I realize his circumstance is much different than your average player, but I think going and getting him would have done a lot for the fanbase.

    But, this is the same ownership group who did everything they could to rid the town of the Sonics and has kept on working at it ever since and been outed for doing so. I guess I shouldn’t expect them to try. They don’t mind being third banana in town, soon to be fifth when the Sonics and a hockey team show up. The Hawks and Sounders clearly surpass them in on the field play and consistent fan loyalty. The only thing the M’s have going for them at this point is the half a billion dollars in free stadium and 81 days to try to trick people into sitting in the place, whereas the Sounders and Seahawks have to put a good team on the field every single week to make their money since they have so many fewer games.

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