Hope everyone is staying warm today and everyone is safe tonight on this last day of 2014.
We will talk to Seth Smith this afternoon via conference call. So expect a a blog post on his thoughts about being traded to the Mariners.
As for what other people thought? Well, let’s get to some reaction from the trade.
First, here’s my story for today’s paper about the trade.
Jeff Sullivan has a post up on USS Mariner about the trade.
From Lookout Landing, Scott Weber has their recap/reaction post.
Here’s a post from Christina Karhl for the ESPN Sweetspot Blog.
Mike Axisa has this post for CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball blog.
I was on with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett talking about the trade before it happened.
GM Jack Zduriencik was on with Danny O’Neil, Dave Wyman and Jim Moore on ESPN 710 after the trade was announced.
Zduriencik had a few interesting comments.
On Brad Miller’s role …
“If you talked to Brad today, he certainly hopes to be the every day shortstop. If you talked to Chris Taylor, he would tell you he’s going to be the every day shortstop. Whoever is the every day shortstop, great. What happens to the other one, we’ll see. It’s up to them in spring training and through the course of the year to figure out what their role is going to be.”
Zduriencik said that Miller worked with Andy Van Slyke at the end of last season. Van Slyke told Zduriencik had natural instincts as an outfielder. But Zduriencik also pointed out that Miller has never played outfield in a game yet.
“That may happen,” Zduriencik said. “But he also may be your every day shortstop.”
On trades and the market ….
“Could you have done other things? Of course you could have. But there would have been a huge cost factor attached to it. You would have given up multiple players let’s say for a certain trade. You would have taken on a ton of money in another deal. Or in some cases, both would have happened – you would’ve taken on a huge contract long term and given up multiple players.
There were deals out there where we were going to give up for three players. Clubs were asking for three players. That’s tough to do because your depth becomes really affected. Now you can bring in a really good player and hope he plays really well for you.
If you can make a good a baseball trade one for one, that’s good. If you can sign a free agent, that’s good.
The multiple player deals when you are doing those, you end up depleting your depth and you end up taking on a pretty large contract, which hinders you to do anything else.”
On Jesus Montero ….
“Jesus has an option remaining. We are really pleased with what he’s done this offseason. It’s really been kind of a turnaround. If our fans don’t know, he’s spent the whole winter in Arizona. He was under strict supervision. He’s lost about 30 -35 pounds. He’s been working daily with James Clifford, our strength and conditioning coach. There’s been a lot of things we’ve instituted with him and he’s taken to it. We’ll see. If he comes in and makes noise in spring training, I certainly hope he does and if he does, then you are just going to have to do what you have to do to make room for him. We’ll see what happens. He’s been through a lot. . We are pleased with where he’s at. But again, you have to perform on the field. And if you do, then you just make room for people.”