Not much to complain about after a 5-4 road trip against three of the top teams in baseball. The Mariners did their part to show they can compete with the game’s best. And now, they need their front office to do the same.
We are halfway through the 162-game schedule. The “small sample size” excuses are pretty much done. The Mariners are what they are. And what they are is a team that needs some help.
It’s one thing to wait until you can pull off a really good deal. We’ve seen GM Jack Zduriencik do that in the off-season. But the in-season game is a different animal. Teams don’t always have time on their side. They sometimes have to overpay slightly — or more than slightly — to get what they need. And they sometimes need to make that deal long before July 31, or they risk falling out of a race before they pull the trigger.
Right now, there are in-house and outside moves that can be explored and executed rather quickly.
The Mariners have been getting away with a lot of things up to this point. But now, something has got to give. Some tough decisions need to be made. Otherwise, everything we’ve seen to this point will be scored under the “moral victory” column and that’s it.
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