Seattle Mariners GM hints at possible extensions for veterans

Otto Greule Jr

The Mariners want to re-sign their players who are eligible for free agency, which lead to their inactivity during the trade deadline.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik talked with members of the media after the trade deadline and indicated that he hopes to re-sign some of the veteran players currently on the roster, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

The Mariners have a number potential free agents that could have been moved before the trade deadline, including Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse, Joe Saunders and Oliver Perez. Zduriencik told Baker that it's difficult to re-sign players after they've been traded, hinting at the team's plans during the offseason:

"When you let a guy leave, it's harder to get him back. Once you break your marriage up and all of a sudden you want to go back and ask that player to come back, at the end that's much harder to do. He probably feels somewhat betrayed and now you're basically starting all over again. The fact that the guys are here, certainly they have the right to walk. But we also have the right to have the first opportunity to sign them if we choose to do that.

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Zduriencik said that he had begun preliminary talks about contract extensions with some players directly and some through a third party.

Seattle enters Friday with a 50-58 record, but went 15-10 in July. The Mariners have some exciting young players, including Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, and a group of pitching prospects that are nearly MLB-ready.

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