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'Relatively quiet'? That's the expectation for Mariners and GM Jerry Dipoto at winter meetings

Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times on

Published in Baseball

This much can be expected from general manager Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners at the upcoming Major League Baseball winter meetings -- he won't be making trades from a hospital bed like last year.

He might not make any trades at this year's winter meetings.

With all of baseball gathering in downtown San Diego for the annual event that brings everyone in the game together for four days of meetings, networking, gossiping, tweeting and late-night imbibing, the expectation for the Mariners and their always-active GM to be "relatively quiet."

"I really don't see us being very active at the meetings," he said.

Say what?

Yes, Dipoto, the man of many transactions -- approximately 200 players traded or acquired since he became the Mariners' GM -- doesn't expect to be too active in terms of trades or player acquisitions.

 

"We will engage, like we always do, with teams in discussions about potential trades," Dipoto said. "We do have some ongoing conversations with potential free-agent additions."

And those free agents aren't Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg.

"It's very much more of the same," he said. "What you've seen us do to this point, which is bring in guys like Kendall Graveman, like C.J. Edwards, who have had success at the major-league level and needed an opportunity to bounce back from struggles like CJ in 2019 or injury like Kendall. We want to be that team."

With the recent trade of Omar Narvaez to the Brewers for a pitching prospect and a compensatory draft pick and the decision to non-tender Domingo Santana, Dipoto believes that his projected position player group is largely set going into spring training.

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