Mariners Rumors: A Whole Lot Of Talk

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Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The news was flying out of Peoria, Ariz. on Friday as Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and new skipper Lloyd McClendon answered some burning questions. Here is the latest round of news and Mariners rumors.

The first quote of note was from Trader Jack who told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune:

“I could have already done a couple of deals. I didn’t want to do them. I wanted to figure out what we had here. I want to see our players with our own eyes. Let’s let a whole new coaching staff put their hands on them. Get their opinions, and we’ll see. There will be opportunities if we want to do something. Not that we will, but I think they’ll exist.”

Does that mean the Mariners are done adding? Hardly. But what it does seem to mean is that the team will wait until some spring training games are under their belts to see what we indeed have this year.

Perhaps Abraham Almonte shows tremendous promise as a starting centerfielder/leadoff man and Justin Smoak hits 10 homers in the first six games. Yeah, and perhaps six to eight American League teams just give up on the season before it starts too.

I wouldn’t read too much into this. Jack is just posturing and keeping potential free agents of  the mindset that “we really don’t need you” which will keep the price lower.

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  • GD

    Dan, and why Ike Davis?!!! Another LH 1B low BA player?! We already have 2 of those in Smoak and LoMo!

  • Dan Hughes

    It frees up Smoak to be traded for SP depth. I don’t think Smoak is any more of a player than we have seen and I think Ike has more potential. As for LoMo, we don’t know if he can stay healthy. Wouldn’t hurt to have a guy like Ike.

  • lee cousins

    Why are we talking keep the prices lower, as – payroll is… it’s about the same as last year, I thought we have money to compete with the big boy’s now, so show us the money! already we’ve lost out on F.A. we were supposedly interested in….. what’s up with that? you snooze you loose, J.Z. wants to look before he goes to the store after he discovers a leak in the plumbing, and I understand that because we have to many what if’s on this team…………… the only problem with that is, the store might be close and then what? bring out the duct tape? no, it’s better to load up first and then you have what is known as a pleasant problem which is much better to deal with, if your really interested in bringing a winner here let’s get after it J.Z. I mean it can be done you only have to look at Boston.

    • Dan Hughes

      I agree. But after the Cano overpay, it seems that the mantra is to try to get others as low as possible. Then when they sign elsewhere, they could at least say they tried.