BY SPNW Staff 06:40PM 07/31/2012

No more trades; Mariners call up 2 relievers

The non-waiver trade deadline came and went without further deal-making by the Mariners Tuesday afternoon, which was something of a surprise given what was presumed to be a sellers’ market for pitching talent such as Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwood. …

The non-waiver trade deadline came and went without further deal-making by the Mariners Tuesday afternoon, which was something of a surprise given what was presumed to be a sellers’ market for pitching talent such as Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwood.

Instead, the Mariners filled voids created a night earlier by calling up relief pitchers Stephen Pryor and Michael Carter Capps. They will join newcomer outfielder Eric Thames in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. After the demotion of Carlos Peguero to AAA Tacoma, the moves leave the 40-man roster full.

General manager Jack Zduriencik said a good deal wasn’t there for either pitcher.

“You know, we’ve played decent baseball here lately,” he told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “We have pieces here of the future. And I think that in order to make a move, it would have had to be the right thing to do. And I just didn’t feel that in any of my discussions that it was the right thing to do.”

That meant that Vargas will take his turn on the mound Tuesday as the Mariners try to extend a five-game winning streak. They are 12-6 since they All-Star break. The Mariners’ biggest move turned out to be a week ago when they unloaded Ichiro on the Yankees for two minor league pitchers.

A trade of Vargas would have continued a trend of cannibalizing the club’s quality pitching in pursuit of a young, quality hitter with a contract under club control for two or three years. And Seattle had no obvious replacement for Vargas in the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez.

“Day in, day out, I think we pretty much know what we have with this kid,” Zduriencik said. “He’s well-liked in the clubhouse. I think he’s proven he’s certainly a very solid major league pitcher. So, I think we’re comfortable with him and I think he’s comfortable here.”

The Mariners are one of the relative few teams who have no shot at the expanded playoffs, so trying to keep up with the division-rival Rangers and Angels — or even the A’s and their $55 million payroll, about $27 million less than the Mariners — was pointless.

“They’re in a completely different situation than we are,” Zduriencik said of the Rangers an Angels. “Financially, number one. What they’ve done this year, what they did in the winter time and now they’ve got this thing going on between the two clubs. And certainly I hope someday we catch them. That’s our goal.

“But let’s not kid anybody. We knew what we were going into this year. I don’t think there was a point in time where we said anything where we were misleading anybody. We were here trying to build this club, build this foundation, get young kids up here to play, and take the lumps and bumps as they come.”

Capps, who turns 22 Aug. 7, is one of the Mariners’ fastest-rising prospects. When he plays, he will be only the second player in an MLB game from the 2011 draft (Trevor Bauer, third overall, Arizona). A 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander, Capps was a third-round supplemental selection (121st overall) from a Division II school in North Carolina, Mount Olive College. He was named the 2011 NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year after going 14-1 with 2 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 20 games/15 starts.

He had just one appearance with AAA Tacoma, Monday night at Tucson when he struck out three of the four batters he faced.  In 38 appearances with AA Jackson he went 2-3 with a Southern League-leading 19 saves and a 1.26 ERA (7 ER, 50.0 IP). He struck out 72 batters for a 12.96 K/9.0 IP ratio, and held opponents to a .212 (40×189) batting average.

Pryor, 23, comes back to the majors after going down June 13 with a groin strain during a game. During his rehab stint, he made six appearances with High Desert (two games) and Tacoma (four).

In 29 appearances in the minor leagues this season, Pryor has a 0.93 ERA (4 ER, 38.2 IP). In 16 games (20.0 IP) with Tacoma, has held opponents hitless (0×34) with runners on base and with runners in scoring position (0×13).

In five appearances with the Mariners, where he flashed a 100 mph fastball, he posted a 1.69 ERA (1 ER, 5.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts. He made his Major League debut June 2 at Chicago and recorded one out in the Mariners combined no-hitter June 8 vs. the Dodgers.

Thames 25, was acquired after Monday’s game when h switched clubhouses with Mariners RHP Steve Delabar. In 54 games with AAA Las Vegas he hit .330 (65×197) with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs and 32 RBI.

He came up for 46 games with the Blue Jays this season (38 starts in left field), batting .243 (36×148) with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 11 RBI.


YourThoughts

  • wecouldabeensomebody

    Wow– COOL! Sounds like the Ms are going to start an ambitious and assuredly successful rebuilding project with results showing up…   real soon!  I mean, they are starting with the foundation FIRST!  Man oh man, I am PUMPED! I’ll bet the A’s are really worried about US! We could make them really work for  their place above us in the standings! Plus, think of all the new-guy bobble heads! The possibilities just make me swoon with anticipation! It’s just gonna be GREAT! You can never spend too much time getting the foundation just right! Geniuses!
    Whatever you fans do, don’t boycott- the hydro races and the hide-the-baseball caps on the big screen– if THAT isn’t getting your money’s worth, what is? We are nothin but lucky to have the best baseball people in all of major league history, smart, savvy and always making sure the foundation is the place to start! Wicked smart!

    • Artthiel

       wecoulda, the depth and richness of your sarcasm has won first prize in the Snark of the Month contest. Please pick up your first-place bowl of sunshine from the Mariners front office after the playoffs.

  • wecouldabeensomebody

    Wow– COOL! Sounds like the Ms are going to start an ambitious and assuredly successful rebuilding project with results showing up…   real soon!  I mean, they are starting with the foundation FIRST!  Man oh man, I am PUMPED! I’ll bet the A’s are really worried about US! We could make them really work for  their place above us in the standings! Plus, think of all the new-guy bobble heads! The possibilities just make me swoon with anticipation! It’s just gonna be GREAT! You can never spend too much time getting the foundation just right! Geniuses!
    Whatever you fans do, don’t boycott- the hydro races and the hide-the-baseball caps on the big screen– if THAT isn’t getting your money’s worth, what is? We are nothin but lucky to have the best baseball people in all of major league history, smart, savvy and always making sure the foundation is the place to start! Wicked smart!

    • Artthiel

       wecoulda, the depth and richness of your sarcasm has won first prize in the Snark of the Month contest. Please pick up your first-place bowl of sunshine from the Mariners front office after the playoffs.

  • Fairmontdave

    Hey wecouldabeensomebody, I wouldn’t go that far.  Jack Z’s stock went up a little today, by not trading Vargas.  Felix might have some hope that we aren’t a farm club for the Yanks.  No, the A’s aren ‘t worried about the Mariners, but lets look again in a couple weeks.  A telling road trip awaits, the Yanks, Baltimore and the Angels.  Ford a .500 record there, there may be hope for next year.  .500 would be a super successful year, dude!
    Carp at 1st, Ackley hitting, and the other chips contributing may offer some hope!

    • Artthiel

       Fairmont, it all depends on your perspective. The Mariners have won nine of 11, and they haven’t been to the playoffs in 11 years.

  • Fairmontdave

    Hey wecouldabeensomebody, I wouldn’t go that far.  Jack Z’s stock went up a little today, by not trading Vargas.  Felix might have some hope that we aren’t a farm club for the Yanks.  No, the A’s aren ‘t worried about the Mariners, but lets look again in a couple weeks.  A telling road trip awaits, the Yanks, Baltimore and the Angels.  Ford a .500 record there, there may be hope for next year.  .500 would be a super successful year, dude!
    Carp at 1st, Ackley hitting, and the other chips contributing may offer some hope!

    • Artthiel

       Fairmont, it all depends on your perspective. The Mariners have won nine of 11, and they haven’t been to the playoffs in 11 years.

  • RadioGuy

    The M’s rebuilding project started three years ago when Zduriencik began overhauling the minor league system and focusing on accumulating as many legit prospects as possible.  That’s not a guarantee of success, but when you don’t have money to throw around at free agents like the Yankees, Red Sox or Cubs, it’s the smarter way to retool your franchise even though it takes longer to bear fruit. 

    Nobody said this was going to be a breakthrough season and it’ll be much the same in 2013.  To me, 2014 is when we’ll really know where this is all going.  If you’re looking for instant gratification, be a Miami Heat fan.

    • Artthiel

       Radio, how about a little gratification?

      • RadioGuy

        Isn’t a six-game winning streak a little gratifying to you, Art?  Just remember (and I probably say this too often) that the Mets were 73-89 one year before winning the World Series…and that had been their best year to that point.

  • RadioGuy

    The M’s rebuilding project started three years ago when Zduriencik began overhauling the minor league system and focusing on accumulating as many legit prospects as possible.  That’s not a guarantee of success, but when you don’t have money to throw around at free agents like the Yankees, Red Sox or Cubs, it’s the smarter way to retool your franchise even though it takes longer to bear fruit. 

    Nobody said this was going to be a breakthrough season and it’ll be much the same in 2013.  To me, 2014 is when we’ll really know where this is all going.  If you’re looking for instant gratification, be a Miami Heat fan.

    • Artthiel

       Radio, how about a little gratification?

      • RadioGuy

        Isn’t a six-game winning streak a little gratifying to you, Art?  Just remember (and I probably say this too often) that the Mets were 73-89 one year before winning the World Series…and that had been their best year to that point.

  • Bayviewherb

    Went from 16.5 back to 12 in two weeks. Two months more of baseball. Could it be the amazing comeback year?

  • Bayviewherb

    Went from 16.5 back to 12 in two weeks. Two months more of baseball. Could it be the amazing comeback year?