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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

January 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

A few more words on Justin Upton, Charlie Furbush and Michael Bourn

The offer the Mariners were reported to have made for Justin Upton — accepted by the Diamondbacks until Upton vetoed the trade — has been widely reported to be Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Stephen Pryor and Charlie Furbush.

However, I’m now getting some information that Furbush was not actually going to be part of the deal. It’s important to set the record straight, even belatedly. There may have been another pitcher involved, but it doesn’t appear to have been Furbush. So I, for one, will stop putting that forward. At any rate, just the first three names, which I believe to be accurate, made it a powerful offer and one that can be debated. But the fact they wouldn’t have lost Furbush, who had an outstanding season as a left-handed reliever, makes it potentially less painful (not that it matters with Upton vetoing the deal).

Also, with regards to free-agent Michael Bourn, I see his signing as a longshot for the Mariners, despite Bob Nightengale of USA Today listing them as a co-favorite, along with the Mets. The issue of the No. 12 draft pick — which they would have to relinquish to sign Bourn — is important to Seattle. Can things change? Of course they can. But right now I’m not sensing any strong push for Bourn coming from the Mariners, despite the noise.

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