Zduriencik talks on Pujols and Prince

 The Mariners selected left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge from the Brewers in the Rule 5 Draft this morning, but the talk of the Winter Meetings as everyone prepared to depart was Albert Pujols.

The Angels stunned the baseball world by signing the former Cardinals slugger to a reported 10-year, $250 million deal. Thus the Mariners will be seeing a whole lot of Pujols — and an increasingly strong Angels team if Kendrys Morales comes back healthy — for quite some time.

“That’s a very special talent that they acquired and just makes it more difficult for everybody in the division,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said.

Shortly after that, word emerged that the Angels also signed former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson to a five-year. $77 million deal. Here’s our MLB.com story on the Angels’ bold moves.

Now talk naturally turns to what happens with Prince Fielder. The Mariners have looked into Fielder’s situation, but like most teams are waiting to see just how crazy that market gets before committing too fully despite reports earlier in the week that they were the leading contender.

“Nothing has changed,” Zduriencik said of the Fielder situation. “I said I thought it was overblown the other day, all the front-runner status and all was a little bit unfair. As I’ve said all along, there’s a threshold, a margin we’ve talked about. None of us know where this is going to end up.

“You don’t know how the signings here affect any other signing. They may or they may not. But at the end, we’re still building this thing. If we can add pieces, great. But if it gets to the point where it doesn’t make sense for a lot of different reasons, then that’s just the way it is.

“I don’t think anything has changed. Just the fact we had so many people here, there were rumors and momentum. But some of that is created by outside entities.”


If the Mariners do sign Prince, I hope it will be for him to DH only… Smoak has a great glove and showed tremendous potential last season. Doubtful Prince will take a reduced role though.

What Z really needs to do is to talk with Wedge about the batting order.. It has been horrible for a long long time.

No DH is worth the money Fielder is going to get. If Zduriencik does sign Fielder, he’ll be playing first base. Smoak is too good to sit on the bench so he should be trade bait for a decent starter. Hate to lose him but you have to trade talent to get talent.

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