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Seattle GM hopes to add starter before spring

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Jack Zduriencik does not see the Seattle Mariners making another splash signing before the start of spring training after an offseason of big moves highlighted by the signing of second baseman Robinson Cano.

What he would like to acquire is another veteran pitcher to add to a starting rotation that has a pair of aces at the top and then a handful of promising prospects behind them without much major league experience.

"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," Zduriencik said Thursday.

How the rotation gets filled out will be one of the major questions when Seattle reports for spring training in the middle of February. Pitchers and catchers will be on the field Feb. 13 and the first full squad workout is Feb. 18.

Seattle has the top of its rotation settled with former AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwkuama forming a formidable combo. But the bridge between that pair and some of the youngsters Seattle would like to see take the final spots in the rotation is the question.

Asked if he was comfortable with how his rotation sits, Zduriencik said, "not tremendously."

"I think there is certainly potential there. There are some things that have to come together. When you're placing a lot of faith and trust in young kids that have very short windows of success, that's risky," Zduriencik said. "I will say that they're talented but how quickly they become legitimate major leaguers, is yet to be seen. There may be opportunities for us in the next period of time, few days or so, maybe we'll be able to add something to it."

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he would be disappointed if top prospect Taijuan Walker didn't make the rotation out of spring training, but he's expected to contend with James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer for one of those final spots.

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