Thursday night's non-tender deadline forced the Mariners to make some moves, which included all three of a trade, a signing and a non-tender.
LHP Erik Bedard was signed to a one-year, $1 million non-guaranteed contract. Should the Mariners decide Bedard is not healthy or able to contribute they can cut him in spring training for a fraction of the contract.
INF Jose Lopez was traded to the Colorado Rockies for RHP Chaz Roe. Roe is a 6'5" former first round draft pick. His 2010 was spent at Colorado Springs, a launching pad. Though that may have inflated his ERA, his other numbers and peripherals don't show much promise. Though, at only age 24, he could still put things together.
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith was non-tendred. Rowland-Smith wouldn't get into details, but it sounds as if he was not pleased with the offer from the Mariners.
It is believed he was offered a major league contract, so perhaps he wasn't happy with the role he'd play on the team. A true fan favorite, and wonderful person, I wish RR-S the best.
The marketing commercials will be missed, mate.
Per Ken Rosenthal of FOX, the Mariners have shown interest in catcher Russell Martin, who was non-tendered last night by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The MLB Winter Meetings kick-off next week. The Mariners will be looking to add offense, obviously. Also look for them to seek a veteran catcher and starting pitching depth.
The public memorial for Mariners' late broadcaster Dave Niehaus will be next Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1:10 pm. Safeco Field doors open at noon. Expected to speak are Dan Wilson, Jay Buhner, Chuck Armstrong, Rick Rizzs, Ron Fairly and Dave's children Andy and Greta Niehaus-Dunn.