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The first post of the new year's Mariners thread is a trade: The Mariners sent outfielder Seth Smith to Baltimore for pitcher Yovanni Gallardo.

Hopefully, Gallardo has more left in the tank than he showed for the O's last season (6-8, 5.42, in 23 starts).  He had a decent year for the Rangers in 2013 (13-11, 3.42).

I'd like to think we have enough bodies to fill out the rotation, with Felix, Kuma, Paxton, Miranda, Heston, Karns and Gallardo.



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The Smith-Gallardo trade had seemingly left questions about Seattle's already-slight outfield depth.

They made one other trade, sending pitcher Nate Karns to Kansas City, for flychaser Jarrod Dyson.

In these complimentary deals, the M's lose some punch at the dish, while they gain immensely in defensive coverage and speed.  Dyson could also fill in for Leonys Martin in center field.

Also, I think they could be better with Gallardo (if healthy), than with Karns, who posted a 5.15 ERA and surrendered 11 home runs in 94.1 IP.



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I think Dyson is a terrific fit for the park.
His defense, and speed to help manufacture a run should be big assets.
Glad you didn't wait too long to start this year's Mariners thread.

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I have to agree with Jeff on these trades. Smith has some pop and his OBP will be missed, but Dyson is a serious upgrade defensively and his speed will also help. I was not a big fan of Karns as I think the bullpen gets overtaxed when he is in the rotation. I also think Gallardo has a bigger upside if healthy.

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I remember when Gallardo came into the league with a lot of fanfare. He was going to be the dominant pitcher. He has had some good seasons, but has not lived up to his promise yet. Hopefully, he will bring that to Seattle.



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Jerry DiPoto has pulled the string on two more deals.

The first was a four-player swap with the Atlanta Braves that sent southpaw prospect pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows to the Braves, in exchange for another speedy flychaser, Mallex Smith, and righthander Shae Simmons.

The follow-up deal DiPoto pulled off sent Smith to Tampa, along with another pair of prospects, in exchange for Drew Smyly.

The minor leaguers Seattle included are infielder Carlos Vargas, and lefthander Ryan Yarborough.



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seajaw wrote:


The follow-up deal DiPoto pulled off sent Smith to Tampa, along with another pair of prospects, in exchange for Drew Smyly.


 Would the real Drew Smyly please stand up?

Are you getting the fully recovered nasty stuff Smyly or the 2016 batting practice pitcher inserted for 30 starts? His longball problems were real last year.



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Nitrous Oxide wrote:
seajaw wrote:


The follow-up deal DiPoto pulled off sent Smith to Tampa, along with another pair of prospects, in exchange for Drew Smyly.


 Would the real Drew Smyly please stand up?

Are you getting the fully recovered nasty stuff Smyly or the 2016 batting practice pitcher inserted for 30 starts? His longball problems were real last year.


Hopefully, we're getting the one we need. wink

I'm guessing the M's have done a thorough job evaluating where he stands now. 



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You gotta lover Dipoto! He must be the hardest working guy in baseball. This team now has better defense, should score more runs and may have an excess of starting pitching. I know you can have eight guys that should be starting pitchers, but we will be lucky if they are all healthy and not having some sort of mechanical problem. The best that we can realistically hope for is five solid starters. Dipoto has been going for some high risk-high reward guys and I love that because they are not all going to work out and one of them may have a really great season.

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Mariners set to retire Edgar Martinez's number 11 on Aug 12, 2017.


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Great!!!

I gotta get to that one, for sure!



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Two great articles on what retiring Edgar's number means to the organization:

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/mariners-announce-plans-to-retire-edgar-martinezs-no-11-this-season/

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/edgar-martinezs-impact-as-mariners-hitting-coach-could-also-be-lasting-legacy/

It really means something when you see that number out there on display, and then the real deal walks up to you and says "Let's go look at some things we can work on."



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Just so you don't put out an APB for me that weekend, I hope to be at Safeco Field all three days. biggrin

The M's are having an Edgar Martinez Bobblehead Night Fri., Aug. 11th, the Number Retirement Ceremony Sat., Aug. 12th, and an Edgar Martinez Replica Jersey promotion Sun, Aug. 13th.



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An interesting article about Dealin DiPoto and what he is trying to accomplish in Seattle and why. I didn't realize he acquired Chooch. He's up there in age and doesn't drive the ball the way he once did, but is strong defensively and has a high OBP by working the count. He does a lot of the small things well. He's perfect as a back-up at this point in his career.



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"Chooch?" Ya got me with that one.

Someone's nickname?



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