'Tis the time of year when early rumors rumble through baseball, and given the Seattle Mariners disenchantment with Yuniesky Betancourt, his name has been popping up on blogs like this one.
Is the shortstop available?
Imminently so, but general manager Jack Zduriencik - currently scouting for the June draft - hasn't yet received an offer.
What the Mariners see, scouts are seeing, too.
The occasional mental lapses, in the field and at the plate. The petulance when asked to bunt. The slow learning curve.
The problem with moving Yuni is two-fold. No one is offering any talent back, and everyone wants Seattle to eat a big part of his salary.
That's not likely to happen. If all else fails, the Mariners can still send Betancourt to the minors and let him stew there - or improve, his choice.
Seattle is looking to the future, and there's no reason to simply dump Betancourt and keep paying him.
Unless or until someone offers, like, a player for Yuni, he'll remain a Mariner.So far, that hasn't happened.