West Notes: Mariners, Cruz, Trumbo, Dodgers, Rockies

The Mariners are one of the winners of the Winter Meetings, John Harper of the New York Daily News writes. Many in baseball have predicted Robinson Cano's 10-year, $240MM deal will end poorly, but the contract will help the Mariners attract other stars and generate fan interest, Harper says. More Saturday night links from baseball's Western divisions:

  • The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish has new quotes from Mariners GM Jack Zdurienick on the club's plans for the rest of the offseason. While the Mariners still aim to acquire a right-handed bat, bullpen arms and a back-up catcher, they may have to get creative to do so, Zdurienick says. Nelson Cruz would appear to fit the club's need for right-handed offense, but Divish says he's asking for a deal with a $16-17MM annual salary.
  • Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times has high praise for Mark Trumbo's character following the trade that sent the slugger to the Diamondbacks. "I've been a lifelong Angels fan, and in many ways, it has been pretty much all I've known," Trumbo said of the deal. "It'll be a little tough."
  • An unnamed Dodgers player told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter) that Juan Uribe is an "amazing teammate and defender who hit [the] organization's biggest [home run] since [Kirk] Gibson." The third baseman, who will reportedly re-up with the Dodgers for two years and $15MM, clubbed a dramatic go-ahead homer that helped the Dodgers clinch the National League Division Series over the Braves this year.
  • The Rockies want to add a veteran to their bench, and Michael Young may be available now that the Dodgers have re-signed Uribe, Troy Renck of The Denver Post writes (Sulia link). Young is reporetedly looking for a starting role, however.
  • Carlos Gonzalez says he's prepared for an upcoming move to center field, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Gonzalez will shift to center from left following the Rockies' trade of Dexter Fowler to the Astros.


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27 Comments on "West Notes: Mariners, Cruz, Trumbo, Dodgers, Rockies"


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Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

How many times did the Rockies almost trade for Michael Young … It was meant to be, although about three years too late.

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Mil8Ball
1 year 6 months ago

Winning the winter meetings doesn’t win championships.

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Tony Matias
1 year 6 months ago

Must’ve missed the part where the author said they would.

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RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

If the author actually said that…

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bjsguess
1 year 6 months ago

John Harper should revisit history. Go back and reread articles from the original A-Rod signing. Same justification provided …

Winning attracts other stars, along with the market. I’m sorry, but the M’s are in for disappointment if they think that just adding Cano will turn the fortunes of the franchise.

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acottonshirt
1 year 6 months ago

There are a lot of differences between the Rangers and the Mariners in their given situations. First, Texas allocated over a 1/4th of their payroll for a single player, remember salaries werent nearly as high back in 2000. Second, Seattle has talent and prospects, outside of Palmero and Ivan Rodriguez, Texas didn’t have many other players. Thirdly, Seattle has good, proven and young talented pitching. Texas had none of that in a hitters park. To say Seattle is the same as Texas in 2000 is getting old and is proving people are ill informed when it comes to the differences between Seattle now and Texas back in 2000. The Cano move may prove to be a sour one, but the franchises are in much different positions.

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gammaraze
1 year 6 months ago

And let’s DEFINITELY not forget that Tom Hicks NEVER tried to open his wallet after he signed A-Rod.

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drwheelock
1 year 6 months ago

Exactly! And after Hart and Morrison, and the expected Arb $$$’s $2.5M/ea for Smoak/Saunders/Morrison, that only brings Seattle to $81.5M (and that INCLUDES approx $7.5M for 15 league min players).

Instead of Choo OR Cruz…I think I would rather sign Gutierrez ($2M) and Morales ($8M/yr $24M) and Kurt Suzuki ($3M) THEN:

1. One of Schezer OR Price (Approx $13M)
2. One of Balfour OR Benoit (Approx $8M)
3. Tanaka $13-$16M

Of course Seattle picks up those 6 players, and that’s approx $3M less on club control league min players.

So that puts Seattle around $125M approximately.

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drwheelock
1 year 6 months ago

2014 OFFENSE
SS Miller
CF/RF Gutz ($2M) (Saunders OR Almonte as 4th OFer/CF)
2B Cano
RF/DH/1B Corey Hart
DH/1B Morales $8M/yr
3B Seager
1B Smoak
C Zunino and Kurt Suzuki ($3M)
LF Morrison

2014 BENCH
OF Saunders
PR/OF/CF Almonte (5th OFer)
IF/OF Bloomquist
DH Morales

2014 ROTATION
Felix
Scherzer OR Price ($13M)
Iwakuma
Tanaka ($16M)
Walker/Paxton

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RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

What exactly are you getting at with the original ARod signing?

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jvent
1 year 6 months ago

mets montero,murp and minor league OF to arizona for ownings and aaron hill

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cochise
1 year 6 months ago

The M’s really need to open up payroll and go sign Choo and trade for pitching, the pen under preformed and should be better.

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justinept
1 year 6 months ago

They might as well sign him to a LT deal. The Cano signing is likely going to be a huge burden in 3-4 years. They might as well go all-in, get Choo and hope the two can help the team win something before then.