Game 105, Mariners at Twins
Hernandez vs Slowey, 4:10 pm.
Happy Felix Day.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and it sounds like there were no deals made by the Mariners today. Not a huge surprise, as we talked about yesterday. The only guys who are affected by this deadline are League and Aardsma, and the M’s didn’t seem very motivated to move either. Neither are having great years and still have team control left, so they could boost their stock with a strong finish to the 2010 season, and be trade bait this winter. Or, stick around and help the 2011 bullpen. There was no urgency to move either.
The rest of the guys will be able to clear waivers, so the M’s can continue to shop them for the next month if they want to. Just because Jose Lopez is still here doesn’t mean that he’s going to finish the season as a Mariner.
If you needed a bigger sign that the team has tired of him, the M’s recalled Matt Tuiasosopo from Tacoma today, and he’s playing third base today. I’d expect he’ll get the majority of the playing time at the position going forward. Wak still likes him, and the M’s will probably give him a shot to see if he can finish strong. I wouldn’t bet on it, but it’s more interesting than watching Lopez pull the ball to third base five times a game.
Going down to Tacoma to make room for Tui is Justin Smoak, whose struggles we’ve talked about the last few days. This isn’t a bad idea, I don’t think – give him a few weeks to get his feet under him again, let him get his confidence back, and then he’ll return to the club when they trade Kotchman or when rosters expand.
In less happy news, Sean White was also recalled and Milton Bradley was placed on the DL. Oh joy, oh bliss.
Jack Wilson, SS