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7. Will Any More Moves Be Made?

Sep 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher

Ervin Santana

(54) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

I wrote recently that the Mariners ought to sign both Kendrys Morales AND Ervin Santana.

And even if Spring Training hadn’t started the way it has, I still say sign them both. The pitching depth is so desperately needed it’s unreal. We cannot rely on two veterans recovering from major surgery to hold down the tail end of the rotation for any significant part of the season. Remember Aaron Harang, Kevin Millwood, and Joe Saunders? (Note: Joe Saunders just signed with the Texas Rangers– the shoe is on the other foot, haha!!)

If Morales were signed too, a trade would be all but necessary. A trade that would send Nick Franklin plus either Justin Smoak or Logan Morrison elsewhere for hopefully pitching depth and some outfield power.

Though, if you ask me, I don’t want any additions to this outfield. An Ackley, Almonte, Hart, plus Saunders rotation is going to surprise people this season; mark my words.