We're now less than three weeks away from the trade deadline, and things are going to heat up. This is the time when we start getting little nuggets of information that are buried away in long posts, but are still interesting and relevant to pass on. Here's a rundown on what information has been put out there this week.
every GM I've talked to say the Mariners want premier prospects for LHP rel. O. Perez, Furbush, B. Moran— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 12, 2013
This isn't exactly surprising, given that there's no reason to say they want a middling prospect. You set expectations high and let the bidding war continue over the next three weeks until somebody is convinced they have to add a piece, and hope they overpay. What is weird is the inclusion of Brian Moran in that group. Moran's bascially been Oliver Perez-lite in Tacoma, and has an absurd 1.11 FIP to go along with his 1.91 SIERA and 12.67 K/9. He's somebody the Mariners will probably add to the 40-man roster after some spots are freed up after the deadline, and we may see him in the bigs. I don't know what he's doing with this group, or why the Mariners want a premier prospect for a non-premier non-prospect, but hey. This is a tweet. There's no context. There's no explanation. This is everything that's awesome and horrible about Twitter all at once. All this did was just remind me that Brian Moran still exists, and has been really good.
Jon Heyman wrote an article on Wednesday about the Mariners, and to nobody's surprise it talks about the usual suspects, but there's some actual insight from Heyman on who's interested, so here you go.
- Many teams have called on Oliver Perez, but Heyman mentions the Orioles and Braves specifically.
- Heyman links Morales to the Yankees, but says the Yankees haven't picked up the phone yet.
- The Rays have checked in on Mariner hitters.
- Seattle is getting calls on Gutierrez, but his injury makes a trade tough.
Additionally, this isn't so much a trade rumor as it is an anti-trade piece of news, but Jeremy Bonderman refused his assignment and will try to latch on to another team as a free agent, for those of you holding out hope the Mariners could get something for him.
Meanwhile, Jack Zduriencik continues his usual tight-lipped nature in regards to transactions, saying the following vague comments about the deadline, via Greg Johns.
"In all fairness, I don't think I'm going to be an aggressor," Zduriencik said. "I'm not going to go out there and start shopping our players. I don't think that's the right thing to do. We have three weeks before the trading deadline. Our goal is to put a healthy club on the field.
"You have to entertain calls when people call -- and they are calling. You have to listen to what they have to say and you ultimately have to do what's best for the organization. But we've been through a lot in the early part of this year, between struggles and injuries and setbacks. We've liked what's happened this last week, but who knows?"I don't have a crystal ball and I can't predict one way or the other what is going to happen. But I'll do my job, as I'm supposed to do. And if something makes sense, then you're certainly going to listen.
It's all much ado about nothing so far, but at least things are starting to shuffle a little bit.