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July 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Wrapping up an eventful Mariners’ day

Well, that was fun.
The Mariners’ clubhouse was closed for an inordinately long time after the 4-1 victory, making it apparent that something was happening. And sure enough,as the media entered, senior director of baseball information Tim Hevly said that Jack Zduriencik had an announcement.
You know by now what he told us: Brandon League and Steve Delabar had been traded, the former to the Dodgers, the latter to the Blue Jays. Manager Eric Wedge would tell us later that he knew from the beginning of the game League was unavailable to pitch, and found out halfway through that Delabar was also out of commission. Tom Wilhelmsen was already gone to be with his expectant wife, so that all made Hisashi Iwakuma’s brilliant outing — eight innings, four hits, one run, 13 strikeouts — all the more welcome.


The Mariners made one more move, though it hasn’t been announced. Carlos Peguero was packing his things and saying goodbye, having obviously been sent back down to Tacoma. It was a move that had to be made after he struck out three times in three at-bats tonight, and has now whiffed 22 times in 41 at-bats. Peguero has tremendous raw power, but until he figures out how to make contact more often, he’s not going to make it in the major leagues.
Meanwhile, left-handed hitting Eric Thames, acquired in the Delabar trade, will join the Mariners tomorrow (Tuesday) and be part of an outfield platoon, Jack Zduriencik said. The rest of the moves will be announced Tuesday, but the M’s will need two bullpen arms to replace League and Delabar, most likely. It could well be their two young power arms, Stephen Pryor, up earlier in the year, and Carter Capps, just called up to Tacoma. Capps isn’t on the 40-man roster, but there’s now one opening after these trades.
“We’d like to thank the two players we traded, Delabar and League,” Zduriencik said. “They’ve been great citizens here, very good people. We’re very appreciative of what they’ve done.”
Zduriencik said of Thames, hitting .335 for Las Vegas, “He’s had a real nice year in Triple-A. He’s a great kid, and he has options left. It’s good to get a kid of his experience who has done the things he’s done.”
From the Dodgers, the Mariners acquired outfielder Leon Landry, a former third-round draft pick, and Logan Bawcom, a right-handed pitcher. Landry was hitting .328 in Class A, while Bawcome had a combined 20 saves in A and AA.
I asked Zduriencik if he was still working the phone lines in advance of Tuesday’s 1 p.m. deadline for making trades without waivers.
“You have conversations going on,” he said. “I don’t know where they lead from here. We’ll see. I’ve been working on these awhile, and this is where we settled.”
Here’s what Delabar had to say:
“As soon as I came in the clubhouse, I was about to celebrate Iwakuma’s great game and Lucas Luetge’s first save, and they pulled me aside and told me I was heading over to the other clubhouse
“I thanked them totally for what they let me do, giving me the opportunity to get up here. Emotionally now, I’m kind of up in the air,. I don’t know what kind of role I’m going to have over there. I just know it’s probably going to be out of the bullpen.”
And here’s League: “As soon as I walked in the door, I gave a couple of high fives, and they called me in the office with Wedge and Jack, and told me I had been traded to the Dodgers.
“You can’t ignoire the rumors. The deadline is the deadline. The past few years I’ve been hearing stuff, whether it’s the deadline or offseason. I’ve said nothing but express how much I love Seattle and want to stay here. But I’m a free agent at the end of the year. You never know what’s going to happen. This happened.,
Why did he want to stay? “Just the opportunity I’ve been given here, coming here from Toronto. Last year, with Aardsma out, I was given the opportunity to close, and that was fun. This year, they gave me another shot. Things didn’t really work out, but I kept pitching, kept plugging, kept trying to help the team. It was definitely a rough road this year, but I kept my head high and kept going forward.
“Ive been hearing rumors my whole life. They’re just rumors, just heresay. Nothing is true until it happens. This time, it happened. New league, new hitters, new teammates. It’s definitely an exciting time. I can’t express how thankful I am to the city of Seattle, Jack and Eric. But now it’s a new chapter in my life for me and my family. I’m going to help the Dodgers try to win a ring.”
Iwakuma’s great outing kind of got lost in the post-game news, but Wedge raved about him. In fact, he was so strong it might make the Mariners more at ease about trading Jason Vargas.
“He was fantastic tonight,” Wedge said. “We really needed him to step up. Obviously, we were very short in the pen. To go eight strong innings, it was just a great performance by Iwakuma. Iwakuma has a great heartbeat. You can tell he’s an experience pitcher who has been pitching a long time at the highest level. He’s able to slow the game down and execute pitches when he needs to. That’s what he did all night.”

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