Mariners trade pieces, add Denard Span and Alex Colme

Mariners trade pieces, add Denard Span and Alex Colme

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Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto looked to Tampa for some pieces to help shore up the bench. With injuries and suspensions, the M’s needed some veteran pieces and dipped into their own farm system to find help.

While not a blockbuster trade, the M’s acquire outfielder Denard Span and receiver Alex Colome in a swap for minor league pitchers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

“They’re going to fit in our clubhouse and really fit too to what we think are critical needs,” Dipoto said. “The fact we were able to do it and maintain another four, five months of their contribution for this year, it’s so much different than an ordinary in-season or July type of pick up.”

The trade represents a salary dump for the Rays as they look to save about $10 million in salary by getting rid of Span. As well, it is a testament to the Mariners win now attitude and a freeing of $11 million in salary due to Robinson Cano’s suspension.

What the M’s have given up is a 24 year old Moore who has a 3-1 record with a 3.04 ERA in Double A Arkansas. He is a projected starter in the MLB, but has not progressed as fast as some may have hoped. The 20 year old Romero is 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA down at Single A Clinton.

What the M’s are getting is a reliever in Colome who may make up for a struggling Juan Nicasio. Also having 11 saves, Colome could be a solid backup to Edwin Diaz if he has an injury or loses his stuff.

“I just think it adds an unbelievable depth to a really good group already,” Servais said of Colome. “When you’re running guys in there three, four days in a row, you don’t have to over-extend anybody.”

Span is a replacement for Dee Gordan who has vacated center field. The addition of Span means that either Ben Gamel or Guillermo Heredia do not have the confidence of the the M’s management. One of them will may take the bench. While only battinig .238 on the year, Span is very good defensively and is a runs scoring machine. Given that Gamel is batting just .247, it may be he who sits.

SSU’s take

While I like the trade overall, it seems as if Jerry Dipoto is firmly entrenched in a win now attitude. Span is a full 10 years older than Moore; having traded Moore and Luis Gohara (last year) the M’s are setup to fail 2-3 years from now. The farm system is decimated in the name of short-term success. All I have to say is that if Dipoto goes to the playoffs he is a hero, if the M’s fail for a 17th straight year, he is a zero. Three years in, this is his team. There are no excuses for no making the playoffs.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.