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Expect the microphones to be turned up extra loud now that general manager Jack Zduriencik has finally struck a deal.
GM Z has been able to improve the lineup and possibly give free agents a reason to come to Seattle. Ownership has finally shown that it is willing to make sacrifices to win.
Sure, trading your No. 2 starter is going to hurt. But with the talented young pitching on the horizon, I don't think Vargas would have had a spot on this team come July. Seattle made the right move by trading him now to get what may be better value that what it would've gotten at any other point.
Even better, the Mariners didn't spend on a dime on this deal, as Kendrys Morales is only projected to make $4.8 million after arbitration this season. Sure, he's a free agent next season and he could leave, but that isn't something winning won't fix.
With Morales in the fold, one has to think that Seattle now looks more attractive to the remaining free agents out there, especially Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn.
I would expect Seattle to turn its attention more to Bourn at this point, as he seems to be a better fit for team needs now that Seattle got its big bat. Morales may not be Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder or Josh Hamilton, but he's still pretty good. And much cheaper.
Finally, this may open up Seattle to look into more deals, especially with the logjam between first base, catcher and designated hitter. If Jesus Montero isn't catching, all three of these players can't be in the lineup unless you put one in right field. Doing so would hurt the defense, and may actually do more harm than good.
This leads me to believe Montero or Smoak may be part of a deal down the line to help fill out the rest of the lineup.
Something makes me believe that Montero could be the most likely to go. With Mike Zunino waiting in the wings as the catcher of the future, and Morales now anchored as the designated hitter Montero is suddenly running out of places to play.
His value is still strong; however, much stronger than Smoak's, which makes me think a package of Montero and a young pitcher could help net the Mariners one more piece of the puzzle.
Of course, this is all speculation as of now. But for now, let's all rejoice that the Mariners are finally showing the dedication to winning that the fanbase has been waiting for.