The Mariners now need a No. 3 guy capable of logging close to 200 innings and doing so without embarrassing himself. In other words, doing it without an ERA up near 5.00.
Millwood left via free agency, while the Mariners shipped Vargas to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for slugger Kendrys Morales. At this point, Seattle has Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma atop their rotation, while other candidates include Blake Beavan, Erasmo Ramirez and Hector Noesi.
Baker sees no guarantees in any of the latter three mentioned, and he implores the Mariners to go out and acquire another dependable veteran arm.
He offers a pair of potential acquisitions; Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano. Saunders can be signed, while the Los Angeles Dodgers currently hold Capuano’s contract.
Saunders is said to be seeking a three-year commitment, but he might be able to be had for two guaranteed years. The New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles have also been tied to Saunders this offseason.
Still, Baker would prefer Capuano. He believes Seattle could pry him from the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. The Mariners could then use their remaining payroll to sign free agent center fielder Michael Bourn.