Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is actively looking to make a deal before the July 31 trade deadline to upgrade his team's offense and make a run at the American League wild card spot. A report Monday alleging he is "exasperating" to negotiate with will not help his cause.
The report from Fox Sports says Zduriencik "baffles executives with his inability to close deals." The report continues:
'He has made offers and then pulled back after we have said, 'this is something we would do,' one executive said. 'He responds by saying it wasn't an offer and that he will need to discuss it with his guys.'
Another executive added, 'I don't always get the sense that he knows what he wants to do. One day, he's interested in one thing. The next day, he's interested in another. That's what makes it challenging.'
A third executive said, 'They (the Mariners) don't set out on a trade saying, 'Here's what we need. Let's do what we can to get him.' They think, 'Who can we give up that will never be any good? They don't want to give up anyone who will haunt them. That's just flat-out fear.'
Zduriencik wrote Fox's Ken Rosenthal and John Paul Morosi an email stating his case:
Inquiries, discussions, dialogue, and even the exchange of names does not mean a deal will get done, and all GMs realize this. Many times there are varying points as names go in and out from both parties. There are so many factors that go into any trade that most clubs realize how hard and sensitive this subject can be.
The Mariners have been linked to more than a dozen potential trade names, including Matt Kemp, David Price, Ben Zobrist, Jon Lester and Starling Marte.
Seattle did complete one minor trade this past week, successfully offering relief pitcher Stephen Pryor to the Minnesota Twins for (former Mariner) designated hitter Kendrys Morales. The move did not constitute the blockbuster offensive deal many expect is needed to boost the Mariners toward playoff contention.
More: 2014 MLB Trade Deadline tracker
- Will Green