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White Sox, Mariners shopping for offense

May 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox and Mariners have been active in early trade talks, with both teams looking for offense.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise in either case. The White Sox have gotten lucky with Andruw Jones, but Juan Pierre has struggled in the leadoff spot and Mark Kotsay, who appeared likely to play more than Jones initially, has been a complete void through the first month.
The Mariners went for sentimentality over sense when they re-signed Ken Griffey Jr. over the winter. There was little reason to think he’d be this bad — he’s hit .212/.268/.242 with no homers and five RBI through 66 at-bats — but there were plenty of better choices to fill the DH spot in Seattle. The Milton Bradley-for-Carlos Silva swap, which was universally acclaimed, also couldn’t have worked out any worse.
There aren’t many obvious trade candidates available for either team right now, though. The Royals should be glad to part with Jose Guillen if anyone is willing to take on the remainder of his $12 million salary for this year, but since they are the Royals, there’s no way of telling if that’s really the case. Also, Guillen has played just one game in the field this year, and both the White Sox and Mariners would prefer someone who could play an outfield corner with some regularity.
The Marlins, with Mike Stanton on the way, could make Cody Ross available in a month or so, but only if both Chris Coghlan and Cameron Maybin step up their games. The Orioles should be willing to talk about Luke Scott, since they’re going nowhere and he doesn’t figure into their long-term plans. Jody Gerut is expendable in Milwaukee and is a useful part-time player.
There’s also free agency as an option. Of course, if either team wanted to try Jermaine Dye, the move would be done already. Dye was always open to returning to Chicago, and he listed Seattle as a favored destination last month. Gary Sheffield is another veteran waiting for a call. Plus, there’s the talented-yet-troubled Elijah Dukes still looking for work.

  1. scatterbrian - May 6, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Lance Berkman

  2. quint - May 6, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Little reason to think Griffey would be this bad?
    what about the 2009 line of .214/.324/.411 – and he is a year older.
    Mariners are getting exactly what they should have expected. For all the good prace their GM is getting, signing Griffey was quite very stupid.

  3. Curious George - May 6, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    What exactly the team was expecting to get from Kotsay is unfathomable. He once carried value as a decent-hitting centerfielder, but that was long ago. As a 1B/DH-type he is woefully miscast.

  4. Joey B - May 6, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Yup, I’m not quite sure that Jack Z thought this all the way through. They finished last in scoring, with room to spare, and lost their top OPS guy, or replaced him with Figgins. Pitching and defense by all means, but they figured to finish approximately last in scoring. Tough to have a good season if you finish last in anything.

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - May 7, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    The Mariners could trade Bradley to the White Sox. Think of the buzz in Chicago if that happened.

  6. OsandRoyals - May 7, 2010 at 6:08 AM

    Luke Scott is currently really struggling so he’s not an option right now. Plus with the entire Orioles offense struggling besides tejada and ty Wigginton they may be reluctant to part with him

  7. ecp - May 7, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    The Royals are trying hard to get rid of Guillen and are still willing to eat the bulk of the contract, but no takers. I guess folks don’t believe quite yet. Maybe closer to the deadline?

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