Mariners Insider Blog

Rain & Changes in the wind

It sprinkled in Southern California today, and hundreds of locals ran screaming into the sea like lemmings - convinced the sun had disappeared forever.

That's the depth of life here, where cloudy weather is thought to be the beginning of the end of the world.

The Mariners, of course, took the drops like men and went through with early batting practice. None melted. No one was washed away.

That won't be the case by, oh, say Aug. 1.

If you recognize the infield, it'll be a surprise. Adrian Beltre, Jose Lopez and Yuniesky Betancourt could all be traded away and, should enough be offered for Russell Branyan - who's on a one-year deal - it could be a clean sweep.

Need an Endy Chavez? Make me an offer. Want a lefty starting pitcher? Seattle has two available, Erik Bedard and Jarrod Washburn.

We'll throw in Miguel Batista for free.

Got a deal in mind? Let's hear it. Heard a good rumor - or want to start one? - post it here.

Anything you write will be deeper than most anything they'll come up with in SoCal today. Wet sun worshipers are staggering around, looking skyward and weeping.