Dec 12, 2013; Settle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon answers a question during a press conference at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Lloyd McClendon: “We’re Not Done Yet”


Think the 2014 Seattle Mariners are set and ready the way they are? Think again.

At the Mariners pre-Spring Training media luncheon at Safeco Field, new Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon indicated that he was pleased with the upgrades the club has made but followed with a line that should please many fans:

“Stay tuned. We’re not done yet.”– Lloyd McClendon

Those six words leave me wondering what they think they are going to accomplish in the roughly three weeks before the start of Spring Training.

Masahiro Tanaka signed with the Yankees, Matt Garza has reportedly agreed to terms with Milwaukee, Grant Balfour is going to Tampa Bay. The free agent market is thinning fast.

“We have some discussions going on with some agents as well as with other ballclubs. Where it ends up, I don’t know. I don’t suspect we’re going to make a major move, but hopefully we’ll do a couple things that are some tweaks that will help the club.”– Jack Zduriencik

McClendon and Zduriencik also indicated that Spring Training will be very critical in deciding the future direction of the club. Outside of Robinson Cano and perhaps Kyle Seager, nothing is set in stone for the starting lineup.

Charlie gave us a preview of the 2014 Opening Day lineup and indicated as much, that there could be a number of uncertainties leading right up to the start of the season.

But are the comments of the GM and the new skipper indicative of a move or two on the immediate horizon? Or is it just wishful thinking?

Like I said earlier, buckle up M’s fans. Things could get bumpy.

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  • Jeff

    The M’s will definitely make more moves, but the question is if those moves will be minimum salary or minor league deal type moves.. or something more substantial when it comes to a #3 starter, bullpen or outfield

  • Scott Goin

    Sounds like no Jimenez, Santana, or Cruz. I wanted Jimenez but am happy we’re not going after the other two. If we got a Capuano/Arroyo type and also added Scott Baker, I’d be fine with that. I don’t want both Paxton & Walker on the opening day roster. I’d rather put Walker back in AAA to work on his offspeed pitches. Sounds like they’re interested in Luis Ayala or maybe re-signing Oliver Perez for the bullpen.

    I’m interested that they’re talking about Stefen Romero again. He had a bit of a subpar adventure in AAA last year but if he starts out hot, who knows. I’d much rather take a chance on him than give a ton of money to Cruz. That guy Blash finished up strongly in AA as well. Love his walk rate and power. I also want to see Saunders, Ackley, and Franklin playing every day. We need to know if Saunders & Ackley can pull it together and increase Franklin’s trade value whatever way we can.