Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Marinersroyals_fd60
Hello Kendrys G’Bye Jason For someone that likes to think they have a pulse on the Seattle Mariners, the inter-divisional trade that happened with the Angels took me by complete surprise.  The first shock was to think of the fact that the Mariners were able to get a well known and proven bat without giving up their most valuable prospects. The second surprise was that the Mariners parted ways with their left handed veteran starter, Jason Vargas. Despite the fact the Vargas was the M’s most valuable trade piece last season, with all of the off season interest in free agents, I had completely forgotten a Vargas trade could be a possibility. I was in such shock I wasn’t really sure what to think.  I’m still not.  It is like the analytical part of my brain is completely void and I am left just gasping for breath. I do have questions though. Lots of questions. Here are five of them. 1. Are the Mariners finished with Justin Smoak? The reason that Kendrys Morales was an available trade option was due the fact that the Angels had too many first base options. Morales is not athletic enough of a player to take on a different position, neither is Justin Smoak nor is Mike Carp for that matter.  With that log jamb at first it puts the future of once heralded prospect Smoak very much in question. I think Smoak is about to have a breakthrough season though, so this move may be a huge mental blow to him. 2. What do the Mariners plan for DH? While the M’s are pushing to have Edgar Martinez recognized for the Hall of Fame, thus recognizing the DH as a viable position, as opposed to some sort of catch all – which is how they are currently using the position. The Mariners have Jesus Montero, Jason Bay, Mike Carp, Justin Smoak and now Kendrys Morales standing in line to be the DH. Seems a bit crowded and unplanned. 3. What are the Mariners going to do with the starting rotation? The DH position in Seattle seems a bit overcrowded now doesn’t it? Please don’t say they are bringing Hector Noesi back. Please. Bringing up one of the “big three” prospects may be an option, the last thing they need to do is promote a guy before he is ready. I’m not all that sad about losing Vargas, I suspected his numbers were not going to be as good with the Safeco fences being moved in. He was going to be a free agent at the end of the year anyway and his value was inflated, but that leaves a void of a lefty hurler on the rotation. 4. Are the Mariners ready for the season as is? I would think no.  With Miquel Olivo gone, the Mariners are without a 3rd viable catching option.  I highly doubt they would start the season without that hole being filled. The moves they have made indicate that they want the 2013 season to be something more than another rebuilding year.  However to contend in the new AL West they will need a bit more than Morales in the middle of the line up or opposing teams will simply pitch around him. The pitching rotation has some big holes and the outfield is power starved. So what’s next? Another 1B/DH? 5. Wasn’t I secretly happy when Morales broke his leg? I am conflicted to have an inter-division trade.  Morales broke his ankle after embarrassing the Mariners and while I don’t wish harm on any player, I didn’t feel bad for the Angels in losing their slugger. Now he is here, a part of our team. Can you blame me for being nervous about this?   The last fallen Angel the M’s picked up proved to be a hex to the Seattle franchise. Have we just picked up the next Chone Figgins? CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEATTLE MARINERS CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.