The Seattle Mariners are about to begin the first series at Safeco Field without Ichiro Suzuki on either team's roster since 2000.
Jason Vargas may soon follow him out of town.
The left-hander has probably boosted his trade value with an impressive stretch of pitching, which means Thursday night's start against the Kansas City Royals could be his last in a Mariners uniform.
Seattle (43-57) seems unlikely to make another deal as significant as Monday's trade, which sent Suzuki to the New York Yankees. The Japanese star walked across to the visitors' clubhouse and helped the Yankees take two of three at Safeco this week.
With the Mariners a distant last in the AL West, they could opt to move some other pieces before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline. Contenders may be interested in Vargas, who has won three straight starts and posted a 1.77 ERA while going unbeaten in his last five.
Vargas (10-7, 3.91 ERA) matched his career high in wins by beating Tampa Bay on Saturday, allowi...