The Seattle Mariners are a tough team to figure out in 2014. That said, if their starting rotation doesn’t get healthy soon it will make them a lot easier to project, though that’s not necessarily good news for them.
With Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma both working back from injuries, general manager Jeff Zduriencik said that the team would still like to add a starting pitcher. From Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 15, 2014
That’s not to mention the fact that this team ideally still needs to add a bat as well, something their newest big-ticket player Robinson Cano has not been shy about.
The bad news for the Mariners is that the market is pretty thin anymore in the pitching department. If they wanted to go the splashy route they could pursue a big ticket trade with the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija.
The Mariners were linked to both Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana before they signed, ultimately landing neither of them. Their ability to make an impact move is hampered, leaving them to seek low-cost, flier type moves at this point if they want to bolster their pitching.