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Seattle Mariners rumors: Jack Zduriencik looking to add veteran starting pitcher

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is looking to add one more starting pitcher to the roster.
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is looking to add one more starting pitcher to the roster.
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Seattle Mariners rumors have team general manager Jack Zduriencik done with major moves. The latest Seattle Mariners rumors do indicate that he is still looking to add another veteran starting pitcher before the 2014 MLB season. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday evening (Jan. 23), he also isn't very comfortable with the way the rotation currently looks.

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Speaking about the rest of the offseason, Zduriencik stated, "I don't suspect we'll make a major move but we hopefully will do a couple of things that will be tweaks that help the club certainly for this year." Fans hoping for another big-name free agent signing might be frustrated to hear that news, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the team is done making moves. Adding a mid-level starting pitcher to take on the No. 3 slot in the rotation might still be on the horizon.

Pitchers currently on the roster that could join Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in the 2014 starting rotation include Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer. Having that much youth in when it comes to starting pitching can be risky, which is likely why the team is still trying to figure things out. A recent report had the team in heavily on the Masahiro Tanka bidding, but the star pitcher from Japan decided to go with the New York Yankees in the end.

One of the recent Seattle Mariners rumors have the team linked to potentially signing Scott Baker soon. Last season for the Minnesota Twins, he started 21 games and pitched to an 8-6 record with a 3.14 ERA and 1.173 WHIP. If the team is targeting a player in that category of free agency it seems to indicate that they will not be trying to sign Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana.

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