In a year when relatively few deadline moves happened, the M’s were fairly active — and reviews are starting to come in. Jayson Stark lists the M’s as one of two “sellers who did it right.”
It may be true that the Mariners dangled so many players on their roster, it was tough at times even for clubs dealing with them to figure out who was available for what price.
But in the end, Seattle did just fine — unloading three replaceable pieces (Randy Winn, Villone, Miguel Olivo) for two new catchers (Yorvit Torrealba and Miguel Ojeda) and a bunch of fresh arms (Bazardo, Flannery, Jesse Foppert and Nathaniel Mateo).
“I thought they did all right,” said one scout. “They got rid of some money. They cut their losses. They got kids back. And they got some arms back.”
The most intriguing arm is Foppert, who was once the Giants’ top pitching prospect and is inching back from Tommy John surgery. The jury is still out, but as one scout put it: “Everyone else comes back from that operation. I don’t see why he wouldn’t.”
Some reports from other bloggers are out now, too. Fish fans are happy to get Villone, even if they’re also high on Bazardo. Speaking of our man Yorman, check out Jeff Sullivan’s take on him if you haven’t already.
McCovey Chronicles on the Winn deal: “It isn’t often that a trade can help your favorite team, and still leave you discouraged.” Fair enough, if a bit Morrissey-inflected.