On Saturday afternoon, Seattle Mariners fans were given a potential insight into the team’s free agency plans, albeit through a rather unconventional medium.
After Twitter-famous Mariners fan Joe Veyera tweeted a tongue-in-cheek request for the team to make a free agent signing sooner rather than later, Mariners VP of Marketing Kevin Martinez chimed in with an intriguing response:
This week, news broke that Mariners President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto would be personally visiting “3-4 marquee free agents” in an attempt to recruit them to Seattle, but as the days continue to pass without any major news during an expected eventful offseason, even a cryptic message such as this one from Martinez is welcomed by Mariners fans.
Martinez is not, in fact, Jerry Dipoto, but one could imagine he is made aware of major Mariners acquisitions before the general public. Exciting roster announcements are always accompanied by visually appealing graphics to help promote the excitement surrounding the player(s), so it’s likely the team’s marketing department is notified as soon as possible to give them time to prepare.
Unfortunately, it’s possible that Martinez was just doing his part to keep fans excited during a so-far slow offseason. He is, after all, the VP of Marketing for a profitable business, so he could very well have been simply engaging with an influential fan.
However, the forever hopeful Seattle fanbase (which includes myself) will surely take this message as a sign of good things to come this offseason. Thousands of fans have taken to Twitter in the past month to air their grievances with the lack of activity in Seattle’s front office, but Martinez responding to a well-known fan on the same weekend that Dipoto is expected to be wining and dining this winter’s biggest free agents is doubtfully a coincidence.