Busy Mariners set for active Winter Meetings


Jerry Dipoto didn't bother waiting for the Winter Meetings to crank up his offseason makeover of the Mariners, having already made six trades while setting a new direction for a club coming off an 89-win season.

But that doesn't mean Seattle's ultra-active general manager will rest quietly in his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas next week when agents and executives from all 30 Major League teams gather for four days of discussions and dealings.

Dipoto's plan to revamp his roster isn't done yet, despite having already dealt nine prominent players, including former All-Stars Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Jean Segura and Alex Colome, as well as No. 1 pitcher James Paxton, starting catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia.

The Mariners may not make any more blockbuster moves, unless another team offers up a package too good to turn down for right fielder Mitch Haniger or young lefty Marco Gonzales. But Dipoto definitely has more work to do, even if just to shore up a bullpen that took a major hit in his recent flurry of dealings.

In addition to Diaz and Colome, Dipoto also traded relievers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio, released Nick Vincent and let Zach Duke, Adam Warren and David Phelps depart in free agency. Chasen Bradford and Dan Altavilla are the only two remaining relievers on the 40-man roster out of the nine who made 20 or more appearances last season.

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