Jack Zduriencik was quoted by Geoff Baker in his piece today, “You know, we’ve played decent baseball here lately. We have pieces here of the future. And I think that in order to make a move it would have had to be the right thing to do. And I just didn’t feel that in any of my discussions that it was the right thing to do.”
You should pay more attention to him than anybody else.
Between National fomenters like Ken Rosenthal or JP Morosi and local writers for the Times who have been so very critical and continue to hammer this activity of Zduriencik’s ha to better the team. Sports radio and Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore of of ESPN710 and Elise Woodward at KJR really acting dismayed and even angry that the Mariners did not trade Brandon League and Steve Delabar or Vargas for Albert Pujols or Joey Votto or not happening in a million years. The national guys just want fodder to talk about and all pull for Eastern seaboard teams if nothing more than all their companies are owned there.
I mean really. They gave up a two number two pitchers in Pineda and Fister last year and got flawed players, maybe some guys that might be nice players. But not stars. I like the Wells and Montero, but there is not a window there to steal a star.
There are guys playing now: Montero, Wells, Seager, Saunders, Carp and maybe Ackley that this time next year will be playing at a much different level and will give people a different sense for this process. There are no great hitting free agents available this winter. No Stars.
There might be two good short stops in the system right now, Brett Miller and Nick Franklin and several catchers including Zunino and a couple of guys at High Desert.
Last July and August Mike Carp hit the shit out of the ball, tailed off in September a bit, but was the best hitter on the Mariners last year. At the same time Smoak stunk. Carp’s reward was to have an uncertain winter and get stuck in left field and hurt in the first game in that misbegotten trip to Japan.
So he’s recovered and is now scalding the ball. Smoak is in Tacoma and playing the same as he was here. 537 OPS, courtesy of Larry Stone. That is terrible. Meanwhile old dog doo on the shoe Mike Carp is hitting .375, onbag .407, slug .583 and OPS of .990 for July. He’s healthy.
Please wake up and look at what is going on. It is not Smoak to watch, Carp may never be a hall of famer but he’s a nice player.
There are very good pieces here now. Not all of them are here yet, but the ones that are here need to be nurtured and allowed to get more time and more success and more at bats and games played.
We let go two relievers that may not be nearly as good as Capps and Pryor. (100) One hundred miles per hour twice. Eric Thames will platoon and play left field. The festering stuff with Ichiro and Smoak is over and the team is playing really well and is actually fun to watch.
By the way if Brendan Ryan hits .260 or so like he his now, he’s the best short stop in baseball defensively.