General manager Jerry Dipoto didn’t rule out waiver trades going forward in the next month. And an update on Mitch Haniger.
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline came and passed on Monday with a flurry of movement — small deals for relievers and big trades for starters Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish.
And through all the tweets, rumors and speculation, the Mariners were not mentioned in anything. It’s strange considering general manager Jerry Dipoto has proven to be one of the most active transaction makers in all of baseball.
But having made three trades in the week leading up to the deadline, the Mariners made no moves during the deadline day craziness.
“I had a couple of phone calls but it was mostly a generally quiet morning,” Dipoto said. “It was kind of what we anticipated and not surprising.”
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And yet, with it being Dipoto so you still sort of expect something, anything. It’s easy to imagine Dipoto tied to his chair with his iPhone just out of reach so he can’t use it.
“We put Jerry in handcuff so he couldn’t text anybody,” joked manager Scott Servais, who is all too familiar with his GM’s willingness to tinker with the roster. “Everybody knows Jerry is on top of things and talking to all the GMs. He has his finger on as much stuff as he can get on just in case something crazy happens at the end and someone might be available and you go from there. But I didn’t get any crazy calls today. So we are ready to go.”
The Mariners acquired reliever David Phelps and starting pitchers Marco Gonzales and Erasmo Ramirez last week and really weren’t in the market for big names like Gray, despite being linked to him.
“As I mentioned throughout, we were really focused on acquiring sustainable or controllable pitching and that’s what we did,” Dipoto said. “We have two years and two months of Erasmo, a year and two months of David Phelps and six years of Marco Gonzales. That was an important element to us.”
Following the trades, Seattle still continued to look at starters, bench help and relievers.
“What we’ve done over the last day and a half was circle back and just see if there was the opportunity to buy low on any kind of rental upgrades and nothing really fit or worked for us, so ultimately we decided to stand down,” he said.
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