It seems there’s no consensus in Mariners land.
Major League Baseball’s trade deadline was Monday, and the Seattle Mariners didn’t make any big splashes at the deadline. Instead, Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto chose to essentially stand pat, making a couple minor moves in the lead-up to the deadline, but nothing that likely changes Seattle’s course.
The Mariners were right at .500 at the trade deadline, thus in a position where arguments could be made both to be buyers and make a legitimate push to ending their 15-year playoff drought, or to be sellers and cash in some veterans in an effort to build for the future. Both routes, however, came with their complications.
In the end the Mariners didn’t take either path, instead choosing to forge ahead with what they have, and this week’s poll asked readers whether that was a wise decision. Here’s the results:
POLL: What's your take on the Mariners mostly standing pat at the trade deadline? Full context here: https://t.co/oIQNGWChNl
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) July 31, 2017
Responders were all across the board on this one. In total 45 percent agreed that the Mariners made the right call by standing pat, but though that was the most popular option it’s still less than half the vote. Those who didn’t think the Mariners made the right call were split, with 31 percent saying Seattle should have been a buyer and 24 percent saying the Mariners should have been sellers.
So there’s a wide range of opinions about this Seattle team.
The Mariners went 2-1 in the three games at Texas following the deadline, so they’re now 55-54 and just 1.5 games out of wild-card position, so Seattle will have every opportunity over the final two months of the season to make a playoff push.
And remember, though the trade deadline has passed, teams can still deal players if they clear waivers — though to be eligible for the postseason a player will need to be on the roster by Aug. 31.