Dismal Seattle Mariners needs change, deals for relievers Venditte, Caminero

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Photo courtesy: hj_west/Flickr, Pat Venditte, Arquimedes Caminero

The game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers turned out dreary, a drama and comedy reflective of the state of the team embattled with mismanagement.

Seattle Mariners star pitcher, an aging “King” allowed 6 runs, and a grand slam to Carlos Gomez who has struggled to do such over 150 games. When he did so against Felix Hernandez the game was considered as done.

It was a tough day in a road trip with poor results.

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According to a report by the Seattle Times manager Scott Servais said, “It was a rough trip. There is no doubt. We knew it was going to be a challenging trip for us with the pitching we were up against. There were a couple of games we would have liked to hung on and win, but it didn’t happen.”

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, upon his arrival last year after Jack Zduriencik had been relieved of his position, promised changes through the trade market, and acquired Pat Venditte from the Blue Jays and Arquimedes Caminero from the Pirates.

The players to be sent in exchange for them are yet to be named.

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Pat Venditte became the first “switch pitcher” to play in the ML since 1995 after Greg Harris, so his presence his going to be interesting as he uses his left or right arm to pitch against lefties and righties respectively.

“Pat is, first of all, a great makeup guy. He’s pretty athletic, and obviously the nuance of switch-pitching is interesting. What we like most is the way he matches up against left-handers,” Jerry Dipoto said, as reported by the Mariners.

Will this addition push the Seattle Mariners into the playoffs?

Unlikely, as the team had eight losses in nine days with the last two being the most demoralizing against the Yankees and the White Sox, which included a walk-off and a blow out.

On Arquimedes Caminero, Dipoto said, “He’s one of the hardest throwers in baseball, with an average fastball of 98 mph.”

“The appeal of having another big-time power arm down there was real. He’s had periods in his career where he’s battled his control, and he got off to a rough start this year. But since the first of June, he’s been lights out.”

Pat Venditte and Caminero’s deals will be finalized on Sept. 1 with Pittsburgh or Toronto as possible destinations for either or both.

Blake Parker and Donn Roach, both right-hand relievers, were designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

With Caminero unable to join the Mariners until Sunday, Taijuan Walker will be activated off the 15-day disabled list for their game against the Angels.

Photo courtesy: hj_West/Flickr

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