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Daily coverage of the Mariners during the season and all year long.

November 29, 2007 at 1:00 PM

“Nobody’s untouchable” (except Felix and one or two vets)

That was the conclusion drawn from today’s just-completed conference call with general manager Bill Bavasi. Could Adam Jones get traded? If the right deal came along, it’s very possible. Not probable. But possible. Hear my wrap-up in this first of many videos to come as we prepare new blog additions for the 2008 baseball season.
We tried to brighten up the video picture a bit. Obviously, we’ll be improving quality as the season nears so just bear with me.
To summarize:
Bavasi says nobody is untouchable on this team aside from “one or two” players who’ve spent time with the club already. He called them ‘veteran” types, but I think you could include Felix Hernandez on that list. Who else? Ichiro. I say Adrian Beltre on the video but I also feel J.J. Putz is more “untouchable” than the third baseman at this point.
Bottom line? Adam Jones, Brandon Morrow and Jeff Clement could be dealt if the return is big enough. Bavasi didn’t mention any specific trade targets, or free-agent hopes, but our sources tell us he’s already spoken to the Minnesota Twins about Johan Santana. So have about six other clubs, but hey, nobody said it would be easy trying to land the game’s premier pitcher.
Bavasi feels he has to improve at least two starting rotation spots, either by bringing in someone new at both, or improving a current Mariner pitcher — presumably Horacio Ramirez. He also wants improvement at second base, whether it’s by bringing in someone else, or lighting a fire under Jose Lopez and getting results. Either way, should be an interesting winter.
Here’s a take by Yahoo Sports on the Mariners, fron longtime Dodgers beat writer Steve Henson.
Enjoy the video! One day soon, you’ll actually see my full face, clear as day. For now, enjoy the background and the content.

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