Mariners stand pat at deadline, Vargas and Millwood still in fold

Veteran starters Kevin Millwood (above) and Jason Vargas remain with the Mariners as Tuesday’s trade deadline passed without further action from GM Jack Zduriencik.

The Mariners let the 1 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline go by without making any further moves on Tuesday, having dealt relievers Brandon League and Steve Delabar on Monday night and Ichiro Suzuki a week earlier.

That means GM Jack Zduriencik is going forward with the starting rotation intact for now, with Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwood still part of the mix.

That might surprise some, but Vargas still has another year of team control and if they’d dealt him, they’d have found themselves looking for a similar mid-rotation veteran next year, I have a feeling. So unless they got the right offer, it didn’t make sense to deal the lefty.

Vargas will be on the hill tonight when the Mariners go for their sixth straight win against the Blue Jays.

Millwood would have been the classic rental player as he’s on a one-year deal. But I know manager Eric Wedge values Millwood’s veteran presence in a young clubhouse and giving him up for a low-level prospect didn’t seem worth it.

So here we are, with outfielder Eric Thames arriving today after being acquired from the Blue Jays. And two relievers will be added today to replace League and Delabar, with rookies Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps the likely additions.

Zduriencik will meet with the media at 2 p.m., so we’ll update with his thoughts this afternoon on Mariners.com.

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