My buddy Aaron Levine over at Q it up Sports gets some pretty solid guests on his late night Sunday show. Probably his most distinguished would have to be, well, ME. I've done the show twice (just a few weeks ago) - looked like an idiot both times - but it was fun.
Anyway, Aaron got Jack Zduriencik to come on the show last night, and Big Jack was pretty candid - as we always is - about subjects like Felix Hernandez, Erik Bedard, Dustin Ackley and such.
Here's a few notes from it ...
On the blockbuster trade for Felix?
Zduriencik: Not as close as was what was written. And some of that stuff was blown out of proportion, you know and you sit back there and sometimes other clubs fantasize on what they'd like to have. But at the end of the day, if you're going to give up a very talented player, then you need to get a lot of talent in return, and we never really got that close.
On the Felix contract talks ...
Zduriencik: There's a lot of ways to look at things. But regardless of the side of the coin you're on, the thing you have to remember is "it takes two to tango." So, he's gotta want to stay here, and certainly if we move forward and talks would begin – there'd have to be mutual agreement, of course. But he's a talented player, we're happy to have him right now. We're looking forward to watching him for the next couple years.
Levine: So talks haven't begun yet, based on what you said?
Zduriencik: Putting me on the spot here, huh? It's….no, they haven't
On the contract talks with Ackley:
Zduriencik: Talks have begun. Since the very beginning – when I was LA and sat with Scott Boras at a ballgame and we've had a couple conversations this past week, so it will intensify as we move forward into this week.
Levine: Are you optimistic something's gonna get done with him?
Zduriencik: Sure. I mean, I would hope any player would realize the opportunity. It's a great community. He's a first-round draft pick. Second pick in the country. Why not come in and play and get your career started.
Big Z also addresses Russell Branyan's future with the Mariners and the warrior helmets in the bullpen, and the Mariners chances in the wild card chase.
Parts 2 and 3 of the interview are below