ANAHEIM -- Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik says that he's had "a lot of dialogue with several people" about potential trades, but hasn't found a suitable partner and won't make a move unless he finds one that makes sense, as the Trade Deadline approaches over the next three weeks.
Zduriencik noted that while lots of teams are talking, the only deal pulled off so far has been the A's trade of second baseman Mark Ellis to the Rockies for a Minor League pitcher and cash.
"I think what's happening right now, people are still feeling it out," Zduriencik said. "Everybody wants a bat or a pitcher. But nobody is at the point where they're pulling the trigger. As we get to the All-Star break [next Monday through Wednesday] there will be more discussion.
"And, hey," said Zduriencik, "we're wide open."
Zduriencik isn't naming names, but the Mariners clearly have some veterans that they'd be willing to move. Infielders Jack Wilson and Chone Figgins have lost their roles with the arrival of rookies Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager. Designated hitter Jack Cust has seen his playing time diminished as well.
The tougher call for Zduriencik will be determining if he's willing to part with top younger prospects in order to bolster a team that is hovering near .500, despite an offense that ranks at the bottom of the American League in scoring and most offensive statistics.
As always, those decisions will come down to whether the right deal becomes available at an agreeable price. It takes two to tango and, in this case, there are a lot of potential dance partners still scouting out the field.
"Every GM has done their homework," said Zduriencik. "You'll throw out something and see what they say. It's just the feeling-out stage. So many clubs are still in it right now or are trying to get to a certain point. They're all looking for the right deal, and I'm not sure everybody has seen it yet.
"But things will pick up from now until the end of the month."
Kennedy to remain fixture in starting lineup
ANAHEIM -- With rookie Kyle Seager's promotion as the new starting third baseman, someone is going to lose playing time. But that someone won't be veteran Adam Kennedy, even though he's been starting at third since Dustin Ackley took over second base three weeks ago.
Manager Eric Wedge had Kennedy at first base on Thursday against the Angels, as Justin Smoak was placed in the designated hitter spot. Wedge indicated that could happen more often, or Kennedy could DH. He'll also fill in at times for Seager at third and Ackley at second.
"He'll get the same playing time that he's been getting," said Wedge.
Kennedy, hitting .264 with six home runs and 28 RBIs, has been a welcome presence on the club since coming to camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. At 35, he knows his situation and appreciates what Wedge has said since Seager's promotion.
"That's nice to hear," said Kennedy. "We've talked about this before. My role when I came here was to do whatever, whenever. That doesn't change for me on a daily basis. My job is to go out there and make Wedgie want to have me in there."
The ones who will lose playing time, Wedge said, are third baseman Chone Figgins and designated hitter Jack Cust, whose roles had already been diminished in recent weeks.
"I talked to Figgins and Cust today," Wedge said. "They'll be the ones losing more time. I wanted to talk to them face to face. Things can change in a hurry. They've been great teammates and handled this as pros. Keep working and we'll get you in there when we can. I have great respect for how they've handled things. It's been a difficult year for both those guys."
Wedge said that Figgins, Cust and Jack Wilson all have value despite reduced roles this year, as they continue to mentor the rookies.
"As long as they're still on board with everything we're doing and keep handling themselves, they'll help the younger guys," he said. "Jack Wilson is our backup shortstop and there's value to that. Figgins could still get some starts against left-handers. With Cust you pick and choose based on the numbers and matchups.
"They still have a lot of experience and they've been really good with these younger players, so I still think there's value to them."