A look at the Mariners bringing in Joe Saunders to give rotation some needed innings. [http://blogs.seattletimes.com/marin
A one year deal is the report so nothing hurt, but adding 3 guys who have 1 year left is really odd. It gives them flexibility, but it also gives the players outs which doesn't help a team that can't sign a guy outside the team. Whatever, but it takes the sting out of the Vargas deal and gives us a step forward with Morales instead of a step forward/step back move.
To constantly bring up payroll isn't relevent at this point as the majority of the core players are guys that aren't even arbitration eligible.A majority of the core players on the team are also not good enough to make the Mariners into a playoff team. Jack has to have a balance between the youth movement and the proven players. Proven players cost money. I think payroll is always relevent but I also think the organization needs to time when they spend money with when the team is ready to contend.
Who are these "core guys" Outside of Seager, who has actually proven they can be a core guy?I agree, the core guys at this point are guys that are young and haven't done anything. Smoak has been bad, I also think he is a better player than he is showing. Ackley was supposed to be a high avg. guy but hasn't shown that yet.