Mariners GM: 'This is our team'


Though it may be hard to believe, MLB's most active general manager this offseason says he's done dealing.

At the big-league level, that is.

"You may not hear from us again," Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said, according to The News Tribune's Bob Dutton. "I am 100 percent certain that we will now look at minor-league deals, bringing guys in to compete in camp for bench roles or depth roles."

Dipoto's latest move came in the form of acquiring outfielder Mallex Smith and left-hander Shae Simmons from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows.

He proceeded to flip Smith, Ryan Yarbrough, and Carlos Vargas to the Tampa Bay Rays for rotation guy Drew Smyly.

Those two moves were his 35th and 36th trades in 16 months since he was hired, but he insists he's done.

"I think what you see is what you get," he added. "This is our team."

The Mariners were close to busting out of baseball's longest postseason drought last season, but narrowly missed out. Dipoto is hell-bent on making sure the team makes it to October this year, flipping the team entirely while keeping the nucleus intact.

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In addition to Wednesday's moves, the Mariners added big leaguers Jarrod Dyson, Jean Segura, Yovani Gallardo, Danny Valencia, Mitch Haniger, and Marc Rzepczynski this offseason.

While the club gave up right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte in order to acquire Segura from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dipoto believes the team is finally ready for the spring.

"We now have five experienced starters," Dipoto said. "All of whom have done it in our league. We particularly like the fact that none of those guys is on a one-year deal.

"We do have control for at least two years for each of our five starters."

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