At this point, I’m not sure what I have to add. While I was driving to the middle of nowhere, Jack Zduriencik managed to cure cancer, end world poverty, and bring peace to the middle east. Okay, that’s not true, but trading Yuniesky Betancourt for two interesting pitching prospects, while only paying a portion of what Yuni is owed the next few years, was about as impressive and just as deserving of an award.
Seriously, this is the trade we’ve been on the other end of for the last 5 years. This is Horacio Ramirez for Rafael Soriano, only we’re getting the guy with the live arm and dumping the worthless guy who makes too much money. Yuniesky Betancourt was one of the biggest problems on the Mariners roster, and the team not only managed to make him go away, they actually got value in return for him. No word on the truth of the report that Zduriencik announced the trade while walking on water, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
The Mariners might not make the playoffs this year, but if you needed any more evidence that the team is now being run by people who get it – unequivocally, totally, and completely get it – then you’re just beyond convincing. The Mariners didn’t hit a home run when they hired Zduriencik – they hosted a home run derby that just gives us home run after home run on into perpetuity.
This is what hope feels like. Problems will be recognized and fixed. Bad players will be removed, and whether through magic or getting other GMs intoxicated or however he does it, our GM will swindle other franchises out of talented players in order to build a roster that is going to win now and win later.
The Mariners are now one of the very best run teams in baseball. Everyone involved deserves a parade. This is so much fun.