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He's not going anywhere for now
The Seattle Mariners before the All-Star break were in a position to consider short term upgrades. Then the American League keel-hauled them. Mariner transaction motives shifted as a result. The front office will be looking to build a winner in 2012, dealing to teams badly needing a few more wins this year.
1. Erik Bedard
The Mariners deep reserves of starting pitching put Bedard in the chip category. His injury history limits his value.
2. Chone Figgins
I include Figgins because the Mariners need to be ready to unload him wherever, whenever they can. He isn't a chip, so to speak. The Mariners just need to get rid of him. If Jack Zduriencik must put on his Flim-Flam Man shoes to mention Figgins in transaction talks, he should.
3. Doug Fister
The Mariners starting-pitching depth puts Fister on this pile. Jason Vargas looks more likely to be the starter dealt away though. See the Jason Vargas notes for more details.
4. Brandon League
League trade speculation sells by the ton. I generated some myself and by no means do I discourage others. The economic factors justify it. League is more valuable to a team that needs a couple more wins now than to a team thinking about 2012 and 2013. The Texas Rangers are exactly the sort of team that should be pursuing League. The Rangers have a weak bullpen and are in position where every immediate improvement improves World Series chances. Mariners president Chuck Armstrong says any trade of League is unlikely before the deadline (according to MLB Trade Rumors) so who knows.
5. Jason Vargas
Vargas is more likely to be dealt that Fister. I put both of them in the exiguous category. The Mariners are more interested in keeping Fister so he is less likely to get a ticket to elsewhere than is Vargas writes Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com
Prospects or money or anything else they can get in return for their chips. Like the Oakland Athletics, the Mariners list of wants is not overly specific. They would likely prefer hitters as close to MLB readiness as possible.
I am firmly in the camp believing Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda will not and should not be traded anytime soon. The team is built around pitching, the pitching is built around Hernandez and Pineda. Hernandez and Pineda are both appreciating assets held by a team running a long-term plan. A trade involving them doesn't make sense in the Mariners' strategic context.