It seems like just 24 short hours ago, I was lamenting the fact that the Mariners had remained very quiet over the first two days of the Winter Meetings. Oh wait…that’s because it was only 24 hours ago.
What a difference a day makes.
We had it here for you right out of the gate. The Mariners agreed to a one-year incentive-laden deal with Corey Hart. I suggested the Mariners go after him in my Winter Meetings Preview – and they listened.
But the Mariners weren’t done listening to me yet. In that same post, I suggested the M’s look into trading for Logan Morrison. Turns out, Jack and company must be readers of Sodo Mojo because they got him too, for RP Carter Capps.
What does all of this mean? Why on Earth do the M’s need Justin Smoak AND Hart? Does this mean they are out of the Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz markets? I don’t think so. I think they are putting pieces together to make bigger moves.
Despite all of the front office’s posturing to the contrary, I believe the Mariners will look to move Smoak and Nick Franklin as part of a package to get either Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers or Domonic Brown and Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies.
They could also be considering moving Smoak to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the package to try to get David Price, despite his earlier comments that he wouldn’t re-sign with Seattle if he were traded here.
Yes sir, it was an exciting few hours in Orlando for M’s fans. And there is still more excitement to come. We will break it down for you tomorrow; Why we wanted Hart and Morrison and why you should want them too.