Mariners Seek Controllable Hitters

2:35pm: The Mariners are trying hard to obtain Brandon Belt, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs reports (on Twitter).

1:32pm: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is looking to acquire hitters who could contribute for the next two or three seasons, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports. The Mariners aim to improve an offense that currently ranks last in the American League with just 3.9 runs per game. 

The Mariners are more focused on players such as Josh Willingham and Allen Craig than players like Shin-Soo Choo and Hunter Pence. Choo and Pence are eligible for free agency after the 2013 season, while Willingham is under contract through 2014 and Craig won't even be arbitration eligible before the 2013-14 offseason.


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118 Comments on "Mariners Seek Controllable Hitters"


ZoinksScoob
3 years 1 month ago

No way the M’s get Craig. Berkman is a free agent at the end of the year, and the Cards will have a place to slot Craig as the full-time 1B in 2013. Willingham is a possibility, but it seems that right-handers have an easier time hitting HR’s in Minnesota than lefties (Morneau and Mauer can attest to that), and Safeco Field is where right-handed power hitters come to die. So if I’m Jack Z, I don’t send one of the M’s top 4 pitching prospects (Hultzen, Walker, Paxton, Ramirez) to Minnesota as part of a package for Willingham. Beavan maybe, and some other fringe material.

frozeninbemidji
3 years 1 month ago

You can try but you’re not getting him for that.

Coper Nickle
3 years 1 month ago

I know people like to bash our offense but i like it we just need a veteran presence we don’t have one.

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

step one was getting rid of that rookie ichiro. now you guys can find someone who has actually been around for awhile and accomplished a thing or two

3 years 1 month ago

The kids we have just need to mature a while longer, I think the talent is there, just not showing itself now. Montero seems like he is catching up (no pun intended) to the big league level of pitching, and I don’t expect Ackley to be this bad next year. He will make the adjustments.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

How does a veteran presence help a team with a collective .653 OPS? Can you imagine how much worse it would be if they were in the NL?

By veteran presence maybe you mean any free agent over 25 and an OPS over .800?

sportsnut969
3 years 1 month ago

Mariners do not have the quality prospects to net anyone of quality.

Maybe the indians would trade Matt LaPorta for Justin Smoak giving both stiffs and change of location in a Garbage for Garbage deal.

3 years 1 month ago

We do have quality prospects, but those types of blue chip guys aren’t getting traded for Allen Craig. More like a Justin Upton type. And, believe me when I say this, we will never deal those prospects, that doesn’t seem to be GMZ’s MO

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

I do not even want to think about getting Justin Upton. I don’t really want to trade pitchers for a guy who I’m still not sure about. I just don’t know if he’s the kind of hitter we need.

johnydrum2
3 years 1 month ago

The Cardinals wouldn’t trade a guy who is under team control and is a .300 plus batter and has 30-40 HR power (Allen Craig) for unproven prospects. The Cardinals have plenty of top 100 prospects too. The Mariners would pounce on the chance to get Allen Craig for a couple of prospects.

PennMariner
3 years 1 month ago

“The Mariners do not have the quality prospects to net anyone of quality.”

Ha…ha…wait, are you being serious?

Haywood1
3 years 1 month ago

You call the Card’s GM and offer up Hultzen, Walker, and Paxton for Craig, and I bet he pulls the trigger.

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

Except they’d never offer that for an injury prone player whos career high in games played is 75.

Bob9988
3 years 1 month ago

Your funny. Seattle has a top ten farm and has like 5 top100 players in it. Stop listening to the east coast bias media.

tomymogo
3 years 1 month ago

I would trade King Felix.

3 years 1 month ago

We aren’t trading Felix. No matter what.

sam_lammert
3 years 1 month ago

not ever for craig miller martinez and taveras? i feel like the mariners would do that

3 years 1 month ago

Cards would not do that. They would offer Craig, Miller and other lower level prospects not named Taveras, Rosenthal, Martinez or Wong. They would also need Adams if Craig is traded

California_RedBirds
3 years 1 month ago

Yea why not trade the whole farm system for one pitcher. No thanks!

sam_lammert
3 years 1 month ago

i said the mariners would, not that the cardinals would

PennMariner
3 years 1 month ago

As a Mariners fan, I am in the staunch anti-Felix trade boat. However, if I was Jack Z and the Cardinals maniacally offered that package, how on earth do I say no?

sam_lammert
3 years 1 month ago

exactly, just saying if someone offered a package like that, felix would be gone

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

If I’m Jack Z., I’ve already hung up the phone.

3 years 1 month ago

This either re-affirms that the M’s know they’ll suck for at least the next two years, or that they want to lower our payroll for the next 2-4 years…either way, I am disappointed. Really, the lack of development of Smoak is what is getting me.

Haywood1
3 years 1 month ago

Only way M’s are getting Allen Craig is if it’s part of a package for King Felix, or if the M’s are offering up 2 of their top pitching prospects. I could see the Cards doing like Craig, Cox, and Jenkins for King Felix, but highly unlikely. Cards are already pretty stacked with high-end pitching prospects, so it would have to be a real blowout of a deal for them to want more pitching prospects for Craig.

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

If I was going to trade Felix Hernandez, I’d have to get a better haul than that.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

Wow…just these words here…”
Only way M’s are getting Allen Craig is if it’s part of a package for King Felix”…just wow.

3 years 1 month ago

Well there would obviously need to be a lot more. But he’s right. The Mariners don’t have anything we need that we would trade Craig for except Felix. Which ain’t happening…

Michael Grabowski
3 years 1 month ago

Good luck on getting Craig without trading Hernandez.

Bob9988
3 years 1 month ago

If you think Hernandez and Craig are to ever be mentioned in the same breath, then you are more of a homer than we are.

sam_lammert
3 years 1 month ago

he isnt saying craig is on his level, he is saying that the cardinals just aren’t gonna let craig go for anything less than a blowout deal, hes very important to the team

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

I REALLY think the wording should be “The M’S are not letting Felix go unless it’ a blowout deal”.

Just the thought of St. Louis saying “we’re not trading Craig unless Felix is part of the deal” just sounds insane.

johnydrum2
3 years 1 month ago

Trading anybody else for a guy who will hit over .300 with 30-40 HRs in a full season and is under team control sounds insane. They’re saying that Felix Hernandez is the only player from the M’s that would get their attention. The $20 million increase in payroll and the fact that the Cardinals have solid starting pitching paired with the loss of a cheap middle or the lineup masher (and a prospect or two) would make a deal involving a great pitcher like Felix Hernandez not as attractive.

Rbraz
3 years 1 month ago

Walker, Capps Ruffin for Willingham

Brandon
3 years 1 month ago

Theres no way the cardinals will get rid of Craig

Coper Nickle
3 years 1 month ago

We need to have like an automated message that says Felix is untouchable lol.

3 years 1 month ago

Willingham for Carlos Triunfel, Brandon Maurer(so commentators can say Maurer delivers to Mauer), and two others should get the job done right?

Rbraz
3 years 1 month ago

NO WAY the twins take that deal they would need either Walker, Hultzen or Paxton

3 years 1 month ago

Twins could definitely use Triunfel though, even though they just got Escobar. It makes me shiver though another non-hitting shortstop in Escobar.. Triunfel can still hit ,but i guess i’m wrong in thinking he could headline the deal. Paxton is probably the only guy they would fleece. Paxton, Triunfel, Maurer, and a lower minors guy makes sense. Pretty good value for Willingham.

Jeremy Johnson
3 years 1 month ago

Five players for an average hitter. Yeah no thanks.

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

What really makes me wonder about this team and the Safeco situation is that we’re the #1 run scoring team ON THE ROAD. 258 runs on the road, with only 147 at home. Either something needs to be done about Safeco (i.e. entertaining the idea of bringing in the fences) or this team is really that bad offensively at home. Pitchers have only given up 162* runs at home. Maybe Chambliss is not the answer. Perhaps we need a much better hitting coach. Maybe someone who has actually played at Safeco Field.

California_RedBirds
3 years 1 month ago

Haha good luck Seattle in prying Craig away from the Cards

Tyrell Osborne
3 years 1 month ago

Thats like saying Pujols was gonna gonna stay, you can be suprised sometimes..

GreatChicagoFire..Sale
3 years 1 month ago

How about Soriano??

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

Soriano for Figgins with Cubs chipping in a decent amount of money.

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

Why would the Cubs take in the 9 mil that Figgins is owed and also pay most of the 18 that Soriano is owed per year?

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

Exactly my point. Sarcasm. No one even wants Soriano, even with the way he’s playing and with the Cubs willing to eat a chunk of money.

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

I’m not sure why I team in need of offense wouldn’t want him though, he’s actually been quite good in the OF this year and has been solid with the stick. If Chicago is going to pickup almost all of his contract why not trade for the guy?

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

An injury prone 28 year old in Craig probably wouldn’t net nearly enough for Cardinals fans to be happy anyway, so I doubt he’d be dealt.

TheoHoyer
3 years 1 month ago

They should go after Soriano, if he would accept a trade there.

baseballbill77
3 years 1 month ago

Why didn’t they just sign Willingham as a free agent in the offseason?

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t really see them going for Willingham. That’s more of what Ben is suggesting.

3 years 1 month ago

daniel murphy perhaps?

3 years 1 month ago

Brandon Belt? Trade to get a player who doesn’t hit any better than what we got lol atta boy Z.

Coper Nickle
3 years 1 month ago

No Z isn’t trying to trade League for Belt i don’t think Z is that stupid Sabean would laugh and hang up probably trying to package something.