Help Wanted

Greg Johns of just tweeted from the media gathering at the pre-Spring Training luncheon two interesting items, both by GM Jack Zdurencik.

The first is the M’s don’t plan any further “major” moves.

The second is that he hopes to have a number three starter signed in the next few days.

What the hell does that mean?  Does that mean if he signs a number three starter they’ll be bad?  The M’s have been linked to former Cubs starter Scott Baker, attempting a comeback after years of injury.  With Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bronson Arroyo, and Chris Capuano still out there, it will be interesting to see what this means.  If it means the M’s will be filling a number three spot with hope, sunshine, rainbows and lollipops as they did last year when they gave a try to Jon Garland and Jeremy Bonderman, this fan will be disappointed.  If they turn over the last three turns in the rotation over to Erasmo Ramirez, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton and hope for the best I will be disgusted.

It doesn’t bother me the M’s weren’t in the hunt for Masahiro Tanaka, but if they hope to be credible with fans and future free agents they can’t fill a large hole with the illusion of trying.  Whatever direction they’re taking they’ll need to act quickly because the market is moving again with the signing of Matt Garza by Milwaukee.

Today, the Mariners announced they’d signed Endy Chavez to a minor league deal.  This seems like a depth move, but it still indicates the weakness the organization has in centerfield.  At 36 Chavez should be sitting on a bench in a glass box that says “Use in Emergencies Only.” The M’s still need outfield help, but I think they think they’ve just gotten it.

In speaking of help, how about that bullpen?


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