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July 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says he’s “not in a position to give players away”

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Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik just got done speaking to the media about his non-moves today during the trade deadline. Zduriencik said he had many discussions about a variety of players both young and old.
“We did have some discussions,” he said. “There are dertainly general managers calling and wanting to talk about different things. But I thought that we were in a position now where, you’re not in a position to give players away. And you’re just not going to do that. And if there’s not a real nice match, then I wasn’t motivated to do something that would take away from where we’re currently at.
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“You know, we’ve played decent baseball here lately. We have pieces here of the future. And I think that in order to make a move it would have had to be the right thing to do. And I just didn’t feel that in any of my discussions that it was the right thing to do.”


Zduriencik said that, going forward, he likes the idea of keeping some of his veterans around to help the current team develop.
That includes Jason Vargas.
“Day in, day out, I think we pretty much know what we have with this kid,” Zduriencik said. “He’s well liked in the clubhouse. I think he’s proven that he’s a major league pitcher and certainly a very solid major league pitcher. So, I think we’re comfortable with him and I think he’s comfortable here.”
Zduriencik also said he didn’t feel any pressure to keep up with the Rangers and Angels and what they’ve been doing to upgrade at the deadline.
“They’re in a completely different situation than we are,” Zduriencik said. “Financially, number one. What they’ve done this year, what they did in the winter time and now they’ve got this thing going on between the two clubs. And certainly I hope someday we catch them and that’s our goal.
“But let’s not kid anybody. We knew what we were going into this year. I don’t think there was a point in time where we said anything where we were misleading anybody. We were here trying to build this club, build this foundation, get young kids up here to play, and take the lumps and bumps as they come.
“I said from the get-go that this would be a year of streaks. We’d see some really good things and we’d see some things where we stubbed our toe.”
In the end, he added, it’s still like building a house. You build the foundation first, then put on the roof.
The M’s are still working on that foundation.

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