A couple of nuggets to report - including Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge's interview with his hometown newspaper, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and Tacoma lefty Chris Seddon signing a minor league deal to pitch for Cleveland.
Asked what the Mariners had accomplished last season, Wedge said: “Just build the foundation, that’s what we wanted to do. You can’t put a Band-Aid over it. A lot of teams do that.
“What we have to do here is we have to build a foundation I can count on and the front office can count on and the fans can count on, and most importantly the players can count on. That takes time.”
Wedge said the Mariners club-record 17-game losing streak may have sped-up the building process.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
“It was a tough thing to go through and something I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” he said. “But in the end, it’s gonna help us. One thing I wanted our kids to do was get tougher, and they had to get tougher, going through that. You have to go through that sort of thing … That’s when you really find out about people.”
You can read the entire interview here.
As for Seddon, the 28-year-old lefty will join ex-Mariners infielder Jose Lopez as an Indians spring training invitee. Seddon has93-88 with a 4.64 ERA in 266 minor league games games, and had been with Seattle since signing late in 2008. In 25 starts with the Rainiers last year, he went 9-7 with a 6.27 ERA.