Mariners Analysis

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thumbs up on the Cedeno trade

Part of the problem I had with the Mariners this coming season involved the infield. Woefully short of backup talent, there did not seem to be much of a backup plan for the middle infield if anything were to happen (either due to injury or ineffectiveness).

Pretend for a second Yuni pulls his hamstring in spring training. Who is your replacement?

Years past, it would be Willie Bloomquist. (cough, cough)

Fortunately we don't have to live in that world anymore.

Now we have an answer- Ronny Cedeno. Not only is he a backup in case of injury, you now have a 26 year old player hanging around which just might send a subtle message to both Yuni and Lopez. Our new GM took something we didn't need (more starters) and got back something we desperately needed (infield depth).

When you realize we didn't just get Cedeno, but actually get a pitcher too (Olson) this makes it a no brainer win for Zduriencik and team.