(1090 The Fan) – If you were asked the question, “what will the Mariners do at the deadline” six weeks ago, the answer was fairly obvious: sell.
However, during the month of July, the Mariners have been one of the hottest teams in the league, going 15-8 and scoring 125 runs (roughly 5.5 per game). The M’s are still 12 games behind the A’s for the division lead — but they’re only 7.5 games out of a wild-card spot.
Madison Guernsey of the Bleacher Report says though GM Jack Zduriencik has gone on record saying he wouldn’t be aggressively shopping anyone on the team, there are still indications Seattle is preparing to make a significant trade.
One report has the M’s interested in bringing in San Diego slugger Kyle Blanks, which could serve as an insurance should Kendrys Morales or Michael Morse bolt as free agents at the end of the season. Blanks could also fill an immediate void if Morales, Morse or Raul Ibanez were traded as well.
Guernsey says, “Blanks is 26 and still pretty raw offensively, but he has shown some pop in four abbreviated seasons with the Padres. His size alone (6’5”, 265 lbs) coupled with his lack of defensive prowess makes him an ideal designated hitter. If he can show a little more patience at the plate, he could be a nice piece for Seattle in the future but probably wouldn’t add much value this season.”
Read Guerney’s full article: Seattle Mariners Trade Rumors: Last-Minute Buzz Ahead of the Deadline
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