M’s Make No Further Trades
While there was some talk that the team would move either or both of Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwood, the Mariners didn’t make any more trades today, and I’m just fine with that. These are not the type of guys who bring back significant returns, and in reality, both are probably capable of being traded in August if they continue to pitch well and circumstances change. Neither of these guys are impact pitchers that teams were prioritizing, and players of this caliber get traded through the waiver process every year. So, it’s possible the M’s could still move either one over the next month, but again, you’re not looking at getting much in return for either.
And, if you’re not getting anything of real value back, you might as well keep running out the most competitive team you can over the final two months. The Mariners have won five straight and pulled to within eyeshot of .500, so if they play really well down the stretch, an 80 win season isn’t out of the question. No, they’re not making the playoffs, but getting back to .500 might re-establish some credibility with fans that have turned away from the franchise, and that could have a more significant long term effect than adding any more marginal minor leaguers to the system anyway.
The Mariners traded Ichiro, they traded Brandon League, and they acquired a serviceable outfielder that let them ship Carlos Peguero back to Tacoma. They created roster spots for both Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps, and now will have a bullpen full of guys throwing 95-100. This was a successful month for the Mariners, even if it wasn’t all that sexy.