Jerry Dipoto just can’t help himself, and now it might cost the Mariners.
Seattle has played itself into the American League playoff discussion, sitting just one game back of the second wild card and, generally, being one of baseball’s more surprising teams in 2021.
Mariners GM Dipoto, though, doesn’t seem to care: Seattle traded reliever Kendall Graveman to AL West rival Houston on Tuesday night, and Mariners players were not happy about it, with some referring to the move as “betrayal.”
“Are you f—ing kidding me?” said an unnamed Mariner player (via Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish). “It never changes. They don’t care about winning. How do you trade him and say you care about winning? And you trade him to Houston? It never changes.”
Graveman was Seattle’s best reliever this year, pitching to an 0.82 ERA before being dealt to Houston. To make matters more interesting, Houston is in Seattle for a three-game series. The Mariners lost 8-6 on Tuesday.
“I didn’t see it coming, but there’s always that percent of, ‘This game’s a business,'” Graveman said Tuesday after the trade. “I’m speaking truth and honest. The way I felt is, they’re nine games over .500 over on that side and playing pretty good ball while I was there.
“That takes away from the last five days, honestly, I think. But we’ll see if they bounce back.”
Feet to the fire, Seattle is probably not going to compete for a championship this year (sorry, Mariners fans), but the M’s certainly put themselves in position to question whether it’s worth it to trade one of the team’s best bullpen arms to potentially improve the squad. It doesn’t make a ton of sense.
Dipoto alluded to, potentially, more moves being made in the days leading up to the Friday afternoon trade deadline.
“(This) is a move we feel makes us a deeper team today, as well as moving forward,” Dipoto said in a statement. “We are certain to be very active in the hours and days ahead as we remain committed to making moves that will enhance our chances over the season’s final 60 games and hopefully beyond.”
Where there’s a trade, there’s a Jerry Dipoto.