Seas turbulent for Mariners

Seas turbulent for Mariners

SEATTLE -- It's been three days of commotion for the Mariners after the dismissal of general manager Bill Bavasi on Monday.

Moves have been made, with Ichiro Suzuki switching back to right field and Jeff Clement coming up from Triple-A Tacoma -- he was in the starting lineup Wednesday at catcher. A report from the Everett Herald surfaced, as well, that Richie Sexson could soon be let go after meetings on Tuesday between interim general manager Lee Pelekoudas and Mariners executives.

There could be plenty more action between now and the trading deadline on July 31, but manager John McLaren doesn't want his team thinking about anything but the game at hand as the Mariners try to improve their record.

"[The players] don't have any control over it," McLaren said. "Neither do I. There'll be phone calls here, and we'll make phone calls. That's the time of year it is. If we're in first place or where we are now, the phone calls would still be going back and forth. It's part of the game, and their only concern should be to go out and get the job done tonight. That should be their main objective."

Still, during the Monday press conference for Bavasi's removal, Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln plainly stated that "nothing is off the table, and we are prepared to make whatever further changes are necessary without any hesitation."

From McLaren's standpoint, that's the way it should be.

"I just think that whenever you can benefit your ballclub with some deal that makes sense, I think you have to listen," McLaren said.

McLaren also said the Seattle organization communicates well and that he has "always been in the loop here."

"We've had open discussions," McLaren said. "It's not like we have anything tonight, tomorrow or anything like that, as far as I know. We just have open discussions. We talk about everybody ... what do you feel about this guy ... and so on and so forth."

Jesse Baumgartner is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.