After much criticism for standing pat while the team crumbles, the Seattle Mariners have started to clear the decks.
First to go—Ryan Langerhans. Officially, Langerhans was traded to Arizona for cash considerations, but in essence the Mariners traded him for Willy Mo Pena.
Langerhans will be starting for the Reno Aces in Triple-A, while Pena suits up in Tacoma.
Next on the block—Jack Cust. We thought we knew what we were getting with Cust; lots of walks, lots of strikeouts and a good few long balls. Unfortunately, Cust's power stroke virtually disappeared the minute he donned a Mariners uniform. It was only a matter of time before they cut ties with Cust, and it is now just a matter of time before Pena steps in to take his place.
What's next? All signs are pointing to Erik Bedard. The significant thing about the timing of the above roster moves is that Langerhans trade opened up a spot for Bedard on the 25-man roster.
Then, designating Cust allows Blake Beavan to stay on the roster. If Bedard was staying put, you'd imagine Beavan would be sent back down.
So it's goodbye, Erik. We hardly knew ya.
What's next? Well, that depends on what the Bedard trade is able to bring us. But stay tuned, there's definitely more to come.