Did Mariners Get Trade Idea from Fans?

For much of the universe, a trade involving two marginal minor leaguers -- Mariners 27-year-old infield prospect Michael Morse and Nationals journeyman outfielder Ryan Langerhans -- registered hardly a blip on the news wire. A bad team and a mediocre team swapping bit pieces a few weeks before the All-Star break? Who cares? ↵

↵Well, at least a few Mariners fans cared about this exact trade, and they managed to care about it a few days before it happened. Dave Cameron from USS Mariner, for example, explicitly requested a trade for the 29-year old Langerhans last Monday, a 546-word argument ending with a three-word coda: "Ryan Langerhans please." (Cameron had actually recommended the Mariners pick up Langerhans as a free agent back in November, calling him "the kind of guy you can get for practically nothing;" the team somehow failed to follow his advice.) ↵

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↵Then came the spookier part. Two days later after Cameron made his case, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik (pictured) conducted an online chat with fans -- co-sponsored by the very same USS Mariner -- which was visited by two wise online souls named booxa and adbrenner, who were possibly Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal in disguise: ↵

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↵⇥booxa: We need more LH bats. Have you looked at Ryan Langerhans, currently in the Nats' organization?
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↵⇥Jack_Zduriencik: Good suggestion.... ↵⇥
↵⇥adbrenner: Can you speak specifically to what is holding back Mike Morse from progressing to the Major league level?
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↵⇥Jack_Zduriencik: We've been very pleased with Michael and what he's done in Triple-A. Like every player, he needs a break and opportunity. ↵
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↵Morse needed a break. Langerhans offered a lefty bat. Four days later, all the dots were connected, and the deal was done. ↵

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↵So who, exactly, was this eerily in-the-know booxa? A front-office staffer who had been informed the deal was done and was trying to draw a laugh from his boss? Zduriencik himself, going meta on the sports blogging universe? Or just an impossibly well-read fan like Cameron who was convinced this journeyman outfielder was the answer for a middling AL West franchise? ↵

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↵Whichever it was, I'm tending to doubt that Zduriencik actually got the idea for this trade from the online musings of the anonymous. But if you're, say, a Knicks fan with a strong desire to see Ricky Rubio suiting up in the Garden, you might want to get booxa on the case. ↵

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↵(H/T to The World of Isaac) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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