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
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.