Former Seattle P-I writer Jon Paul Morosi got some quotes from Jack Zduriencik about the team and what his feelings are on the roster. Here’s the important quotes.
“We’re not in any hurry to do anything,” Zduriencik said earlier this week. “You talk to GMs all the time, just casual conversations. Most of the time, it doesn’t go anywhere. There haven’t been any offers on the table yet.”
“Erik’s been good â€” really good. I’ve been very happy with Erik Bedard. His stuff’s been really good, really crisp. … I wasn’t here (last year), so I don’t really know anything about that firsthand. He was in an organization (Baltimore) for a long period of time, had to switch, go all the way across the country, and then he wasn’t healthy. Those things worked against him. … But he’s real happy now. He’s got a smile on his face.”
“Right now, my investment is in this season,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to keep ourselves in this race.”
Nothing overly surprising yet. The M’s aren’t going to publicly pull the plug on the team right as they head into Anaheim for a three game series. But, assuming this weekend doesn’t go perfectly for the M’s, Jack knows that he’ll wake up on Monday with a team that has a less than 10% chance of making the playoffs, and there are some teams out there getting antsy to make a deal for pitching. The first GM to agree to trade a starting pitcher is probably going to be the guy who wins this summer. Let’s hope Zduriencik is that guy.
Oh, and one other note on the article. Morosi throws this comment out there:
When the time comes, Seattle will probably look to acquire a young, power-hitting outfielder. Endy Chavez and Wladimir Balentien have formed the least productive left-field platoon in the majors by OPS, so that would be the obvious place to add a big bat.
This incorrect sentiment is echoed by John McGrath in his “blow up the M’s” piece for the News Tribune today, and will be repeated over and over all summer long, I’m sure. The last thing the M’s need to be trading for is an outfielder. As we mentioned this morning, Saunders is knocking on the door down in Triple-A, and the team is extremely likely to be drafting Dustin Ackley in two weeks. Beyond those two, Balentien’s still got some fans in the organization, and the team has outfielders coming out their ears at Double-A and below. It is the position of the most depth in the entire system.
The M’s do not need any more outfielders. They need infielders, specifically 2B/SS/3B, and pitchers. The team has more outfielders than they know what to do with.