Found September 12, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The Seattle Mariners haven't played very well in September (nor have they played well for most of the season), compiling a 3-7 record going into Wednesday night's game versus the Houston Astros. That leaves the M's currently tied for the seventh-worst record in MLB and they probably want to keep it that way. As you may already know from last season's offseason transactions, the bottom 10 clubs in baseball will not lose their first-round draft pick if they sign a free agent who's received a qualifying offer from his previous team. Fear of losing that first-round pick is why players like Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse didn't receive any contract offers through the winter, waiting until the spring before agreeing to deals.  For a rebuilding team like the Mariners, keeping their first-round pick in addition to having the ability to sign top free agents is crucial to adding talent to a lacking roster. One player whom general manager Jack Zduriencik is report...
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