To any fans disappointed by this year’s trade deadline, don’t be. And by this year’s trade deadline, I mean how active (or inactive) the Mariners were.
Let’s face it, Jerry Dipoto didn’t exactly break the bank for the Mariners at the end of the non-waiver deadline. The players they added could be better known. Cameron who? Zach what? Who on earth is Adam Warren?
Once again, those guys aren’t scary superstars but that’s not always what a team needs at the deadline. At least not the Mariners, who still sit in a playoff spot.
They already have players who are getting it done. The team only has one slugger right now because the other is still serving a suspension. Acquiring a third slugger would have been nice but it didn’t happen, that’s that.
Nope, our current guys had a mediocre end of June followed by a July where everyone forgot how to hit. And since we’re already sitting comfortably in this playoff race, we didn’t need to add too much.
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Well, not in the hitting department. With Guillermo Heredia drastically coming down to earth in centerfield, Cameron Maybin is a good addition. His .251 batting average isn’t eye-opening but it beats Heredia’s current .229. Heredia is still very young and Maybin provides that veteran experience. Every other position player is pretty much set.
Despite not being the most active buyer before July’s end, at least we did something. Jerry Dipoto bolstered the area that needed it most. I’ll give you a hint. It starts with bull, and ends in pen.
The only reliable relievers this year have been Edwin Diaz and James Pazos, with a combined 4.45 earned run average. After that, it gets ugly the likes of Juan Nicasio and Nick Vincent.
Bring in Adam Warren and Zach Duke, from the Yankees and Twins respectively. Between them, they have 76 strikeouts and 67.1 innings pitched. Their earned run averages are both something to smile at, with Warren’s under 3.00 and Duke’s under 4.00.
Is anyone else hoping that Warren and Duke will pitch how we hoped Nicasio and Vincent would? Or completely replace them? Nicasio has been a bust while Vincent is no cakewalk himself.
Maybe Dipoto should have acquired a veteran starter instead of two relievers. So we have to hope that Leake, Leblanc, and Gonzales continue to surprise. We have to hope Felix gets his stuff together.
All in all, the hope was for more action from Jerry but he did alright. I would much rather place Duke and Warren into an intense playoff situation over Nicasio and Vincent. And due to his experience, Maybin may be less prone than Heredia with succumbing to playoff pressure out in center.