The Seattle Mariners are at the top of the AL West standings despite being projected as a non-contending team at the start of the season. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the new Mariners ownership is looking to add another starting pitcher before the trade deadline.
In a report by ESPN, the Mariners announced last Wednesday that majority owners Nintendo will be selling the majority of its stake to minority owners, First Avenue Entertainment headed by John Stanton. He has been a minority owner of the team since 2000 and he will become the Mariners’ new chief executive officer and chairman.
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Seattle fans are optimistic about the new since the Mariners has not reached the playoffs since 2001 under the leadership of former CEO Howard Lincoln. The 15-year drought of the Mariners is currently the longest playoff drought in the entire MLB.
“I want to make clear that the No. 1 goal of this ownership team is to win a World Series. We want to win a World Series here in Seattle and have a parade and celebration for that event. I think that it’s time we have that accomplishment,” Stanton said.
For the team to make the postseason, the front office needs to make the right decisions in terms of adding the right pieces before the July deadline. According to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times, Stanton wants to add another starting pitcher, as well as bullpen reinforcement.
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Baker also noted that the Mariners want to become the Toronto Blue Jays, who acquired David Price and Troy Tulowitzki last year, this season. Sports Blog noted that the Mariners could target their former player and current Tampa Bay Rays setup man, Erasmo Ramirez.
He has a 6-1 record this season with an impressive 1.32 ERA. The Rays also have several starting pitchers that may be on the trading block once the team falters the next couple of months. Some of their starters that were involved in trade rumors are Drew Smyly, Jake Odorizzi and Matt Moore.
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