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We never thought this day would come. The team whose front office has been a perennial laughingstock--doing things like moving rising star Carlos Guillen for

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Hell Dwellers, Get Your Hand Warmers: The Mariners Made Another Good Trade

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We never thought this day would come. The team whose front office has been a perennial laughingstock--doing things like moving rising star Carlos Guillen for withering has-been Rich Aurilia and paying an annual $12 million to pork-belly Carlos Silva--has made two really smart trades in a row.

In December, new GM Jack Zduriencik dealt the M's closer, JJ Putz, and

two others for seven players and basically a brand new defense. He then

took one a journeyman pitcher he got in that trade, Aaron Heilman, and

traded him for a younger, cheaper, and perhaps better pitcher AND a solid middle-infield

prospect.


Says the USS Mariner's Dave Cameron, who has been one of the team's biggest and most perceptive critics:


At this point, if you don't like this trade, you're just trying to be a

curmudgeon. This is an amazingly fantastic deal for the M's.

Or, as Seely put it:

I love Trader Jack. If nothing else, we can trust that he'll run the club like a rotisserie league team.


It's early to say, but with the Huskies likely headed for the Big Dance

and the Mariners positioning themselves for a pennant run in the next

year or two, perhaps Seattle sports has finally reached the dawn. 

 
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