Seattle Mariners Next Move Should Be To Re-Sign Adrian Beltre

Andy AugerContributor IDecember 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 19:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted by Jose Lima #27 after Beltre hit a home run in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves on August 19, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Mariners busy offseason continued today when they traded up and down pitcher Brandon Morrow to the Blue Jays today for pitcher Brandon League and prospect Johermyn Chavez.

This seems like a good move, both pitchers have similar production and the move gives the M's a good bullpen arm and one of Torontos better position prospects in the process.

The next move for pitching will likely be to acquire a No. 3 pitcher after netting Cliff Lee for the No. 2 spot.

I think the Mariners are going to target Ben Sheets or Jarrod Washburn to fill the last available spot in the rotation.

After todays trade getting one more starter appears to be the last significant activity to be done on the pitching front.

The Mariners still need another infielder and a Designated Hitter, and have roughly $30 million for the massive salary purge to spend on those needs.

One signing that still makes a lot of sense is bringing back 3B Adrian Beltre.

The team already signed his replacement by prying Chone Figgins away from the division rival Angels. If we were to re-sign Beltre we could slide Figgins over the Second Base. We could then slide incumbent 2B Jose Lopez over to the vacant first base spot.

Doing so would allow us to re-sign left handed power bat Russell Branyan and give him the DH role.

We would have three gold gloves in the infield, and would have added flexibility to add another bat in the lineup.

A report out of Fox Sports said that Jason Bay may be waiting out the New York Mets in order to get a deal with the Seattle Mariners. The report also cited sources saying he may be willing to take a contract with less years to play here.

If the deal is for 2-3 years, it's almost a no brainer, we get the markets best bat in his prime and won't have to suffer through the decline in the 4-6 years of a long term deal.

Another report also claimed the Mariners may be moving on a veteran Catcher. The article on Fox Sports listed Yorvit Torrealba, Bengie Molina, and Rod Barjas as emerging targets for the M's.

They seem to be far from done with their Holiday shopping.