Mariners coming to the fore in numerous rumors

The clock is ticking toward today’s 1 p.m. PT trade deadline and the Mariners are beginning to emerge as a team looking to make a move or two.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles are actively pursuing both Michael Morse and Oliver Perez in a possible package deal.

Several media outlets, including Jon Heyman of CBSSports.Com, are saying the Oroles are interested in getting Joe Saunders back. Heyman also says the Mariners are talking to the Rays about Morse, who just came off the disabled list yesterday after missing five weeks with a strained quad.

But Connolly says the Orioles aren’t interested in Saunders. Saunders pitched last night for Seattle in its 8-2 loss to the Red Sox and talked afterward about the looming trade deadline.

Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com says the Mariners are talking to teams about Perez and Tom Wilhelmsen.

In other words, the rumor mill is buzzing and clearly Jack Zduriencik is at least shopping to see what he can get for some of his players as the deadline approaches and the Mariners sit at 50-56 and 8 1/2 games out of a Wild-Card berth on July 31.

2 Comments

Oh boy, I hope Morse doesn’t go anywhere and Whilhelmson too. If Joe Saunders goes, maybe Maurer could slide into his spot. After Saunders rough start yesterday, who knows what could happen with him. I mainly hope Ryan is traded somewhere.

The M’s aren’t that far out of contention. It would be nice, once every 10 years, to focus on improving the team for the current year. A team that shows it can go on at least one 10-2 streak is worth holding onto. Here’s a “flash” for Howie and Chuck: The season doesn’t end July 31. Fans aren’t ready to give up on this team. You shouldn’t either. If you’re determined to make a deal, trade “Gutie”. Give this team a vote of confidence, keep them together and see what happens.

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