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Mariners make only a minor move at the trade deadline

Post by Ryan Divish on July 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm with 7 Comments »
July 31, 2013 5:59 pm

The circus that is the major league trade deadline passed with the Mariners choosing to only minimally participate in the three-ring, rumor-mongering folly. General manager Jack Zduriencik said he wasn’t going to be aggressive two weeks ago and he wasn’t, choosing to keep his team intact.

The only move the Mariners made was sending minor league infielder Robert Andino – a player they designated for assignment earlier in the season – to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later. Andino was hitting .229 (35-for-153) in 44 games since being outrighted to Tacoma.

But Zduriencik decided not to trade any of the players on his 25-man or 40-man roster.

“I didn’t think there was the right situation for us at this time,” he said. “I didn’t feel that way. There’s an obligation here to our fans and certainly to the players here on this team. They’ve played well recently. So at the end, I said all along I wasn’t going to be the aggressor. I didn’t think there was a need to be and this is where we are.”

Yes, there were teams interested in acquiring reliever Oliver Perez and even outfielder Michael Morse, despite his recent injuries. The Baltimore Orioles were one team in particular.

However, the Mariners weren’t interested in what teams were offering. Zduiencik was looking for players or top prospects that could help in the near future (next season), and teams were reluctant give them up.

“I said this to anyone I talked to at any point in time, there were pieces here that could help another club win,” Zduriencik said. “And if you wanted to acquire those pieces, there was a price to pay to acquire them. If you are coming short of that price, it doesn’t make sense for us to do that. There’s price to be paid for that by another club. If they weren’t willing to pay that price, then we weren’t in position to have any deep conversations that were going to lead to a trade. I think I was up front about that. I think I made that pretty clear.”

Despite the Mariners sitting at 50-56 and 8.5 games out in the wild card race, Zduriencik was hesitant to alter his 25-man roster just for the sake of making a move. He felt it could have negative reaction in a clubhouse filled with young players.

“I think we have a good young big league club right now, you see that in front of your eyes,” Zduriencik said. “To detract from it, I think it would have been devastating to some of the guys in this clubhouse. I think it would have been the wrong message to send. So you stay the course and watch this club play the next couple months.”

The Mariners have slew of players under one-year contracts. Many of them will not be back next season, by keeping this team together for the next two months, what does he hope to gain?

“When you let a guy leave it’s harder to get a guy back,” he said. “Once you break your marriage up and you want to go back and ask that player to come back, it’s much harder to do. He probably feels somewhat betrayed. Now you have to start all over again. They certainly they have the right to walk, but we also have the first right to re-sign them if we choose to do that.

And I think that’s important to a player, especially if they like Seattle. If they are saying, I’d like to be part of this thing going forward. I like what’s going on. It would be great. Who knows, we may have the inside track on some of these players back here. That was a little bit of the thinking as well. ”

Of those players that could leave, Zduriencik has already begun the courting process of trying to bring some back. The most important of those conversations surrounds first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who has been one of the team’s best hitters.

“I think some of the players understand how we feel about them,” he said. “I’ve had indirect conversations with them. Some I’ve had direct, quite frankly. But I do think as we move forward from now till the end of the year that will accelerate as we get closer to the end.”

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  1. Quinault says:

    My analysis tells me this is about GMZ not getting a contract extension. So this is the club you get. No trades. No deals. Not the aggressor.

    What else could it be? He went all in this year and players broke down. The sad news is all these 1-year deals may leave us empty after the season. Maybe the front office wants the fans to enjoy the feel good stories that they brought us: Bonderman, Bay, Morse, Chavez and Raul. While I am happy for those players. I want to win.

  2. wabubba67 says:

    Or….there is nothing wrong with the team that is on the field and those players with one year deals (Ibanez, Perez, Morales, and Morse) have value to the team in its present state and possibly in 2014.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    Just read the Jayson Stark article (thanks for the link Divish) on trade deadline winners and losers.

    According to Stark, the Mariners and Z were losers because Z was asking too much for Morales, Morse and Ibanez (he wanted a real prospect in return). How long did it take for the Mariners to acquire A legitimate power bat before those three showed up this season?? Though Ibanez (age) doensn’t have much of a future with the Mariners, Morse and Morales could both be extremely valuable (stabilizing the lineup and protecting younger hitters) in future seasons. If other teams were not willing to acknowledge that value to the Mariners, I admire Z for not making a trade.

    Sometimes the best deals are the ones not made.

  4. Quinault says:

    So lets speculate: how many people whose contracts are up at the end of the year, will be around come spring training?

    Ryan – gone.
    Morales – contenting offer (gone). [Boras client]
    Ibanez – unknown.
    Morse – sweetheart deal or gone. [Boras client]
    Wedge – gone. [Health reasons - we are not going to let anybody die on our watch.]
    GMZ – unknown.
    Bay – gone already [DFA 10 days are approaching being up].
    Andino – gone already for a player to be named later.

    I would have thought that dealing now for more minor leaguers was GMZ signature. But 5 years is up and we are not consistently winning. I thought that the point of reclamation projects was to mine some value out of them. We are seeing people play out their last days here. Maybe we can hang on to third place in the AL West.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    The player hires the agent, not the agent hiring the player.

    If Morales and Morse want to be here and the offer is competitive (WA has no state income tax), they’ll tell Boras to make the deal. Ibanez is nearing the end of the line but might be welcome back as a 4th OF/DH at a minimal cost.

    I am enjoying the way that Thompson manages during the course of a game, but want Wedge to leave ONLY if he feels that the time is genuinely right to resign and retire.

  6. Good news, this is the best Jack Z has ever been at the trade deadline. Remember how he insisted on Smoak instead of Chris Davis for Cliff Lee. Just don’t make any trades Jack……oh and we don’t want any more Figgins either. Let the scouts draft some good players, sign them and eventually we will improve. Even if it takes another decade at least we won’t have to watch former Mariners in the All Star game and World Series. My money is on Doug Fister getting a World Series ring this year. Where is Casper Wells these days?

  7. Casper Wells is playing for his fourth team this season – the White Sox. His best performance this season came as pitcher. He’s terrible

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