Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik went on the Dave "Softy" Mahler show today talking about the team.
"I’ve been in the game for 28 years, and this group was the most under-achieving group of players I’d ever been around," Zduriencik said about last season.
Perhaps the most pressing issue is Milton Bradley, who didn't seem to fit into the Mariners plans for next season, and with his recent arrest really seems to have pushed himself out.
When asked if Bradley was going to be on the team come spring training, Zduriencik said:
“Milton’s going to get a chance to come in and compete for a job.”
He later said that Bradley was "still under contract and part of this organization.
You can listen to the interview HERE.
Here's a few more comments ...
- On David Aardsma: “I think David is going to start a little bit late. … I think he’s going to be pushed back a few weeks.”
- On Erik Bedard: “He says this is the best he’s felt in years. It was a no risk contract. He’s got to make the ball club out of spring training. … He came back to us with a point to prove.”
- On Bedard being part of the rotation: “I’d like to think that he will be.”
- On Chone Figgins moving back to third: "We know that chone is a very good defense player at third base. All of the metrics tell us that. … I just think the comfort level will be better for Chone Figgins than it was a year ago."