Dipoto Looks To Improve Bullpen

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Joe Camporeale-USA Today Sports

By: Joey Segur

A day after sending Carson Smith and Roenis Elias away in a trade with the Red Soxs, Jerry Dipoto sends Double-A pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill to Oakland for 30-year-old-right-hander Evan Scribner. Scribner had a very solid first half of the season pitching 2.01 in the first 27 games. It seemed Scribner’s lack of sucess in the 2nd half season was due to a torn lat muscle, as he ended the season with a record of 2-2 and a ERA of 4.35 in his final 27 apperances of his season before going on the DL.

With Dipoto trading away Tom Wilhemsen, Carson Smith and Danny Farquhar, it seems this is his first step in replacing those key relievers. Dipoto also required Joaquin Benoit earlier is the off season and might be a potential closer for the M’s. Dipoto also has added Anthony Bass, Jonathan Aro and Justin De Fratus to his bullpen, so if Scribner needs more time to work out his pitching after finishing last year on the DL, I’m sure he would momentarily sent down to Triple-A Tacoma and work out there.

This becomes the 8th trade for the new GM this off season and the 2nd trade in two days at the Winter Meeting. If you can’t tell by now, Dipoto wants a new Mariners roster, because what they have been working with has not been successful. What moves will Dipoto make next?


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