Sailors Players reportedly upset that general manager Jerry Dipoto traded reliever Kendall Graveman to rival division Astros on Tuesday amid a series between the teams. The Ms acquired reliever Joe Smith and infielder Abraham Toro for Graveman and reliever Rafael Montero.
Dipoto understands the frustration at the clubhouse, but says he is working on other deals that will make this move understandable.
“Sure, definitely worried. But I hope the next moves make a little more sense,” he told reporters. according to Daniel Kramer of MLB.com. “And then for the guys, I think they will find that we are very committed to adding to the team.”
Dipoto told reporters that other exchanges could be completed later on Tuesday or Wednesday.
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The Mariners were flying high after they rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Astros 11-8 on Monday night. Dylan Moore’s grand slam in the eighth against reliever Brooks Raley was the decisive blow. The victory moved the M (55-46) one game behind the Athletics for the second wild card in the American League.
Graveman was credited with the win after throwing a hitless eighth inning. He had 10 saves in 12 chances to go with a 0.82 ERA in 33 innings for Seattle. A day later, he was walking to the other side of the field in Seattle for the remaining two games of the series.
Paul Sewald recorded the last three outs for the save. He is believed to be the Mariners’ lead closer in the future.
Unless, of course, Dipoto is close to adding an established closer on one of his promised exchanges.