Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon smiles at the thought. It’s not a smile of humor but of satisfaction and pride. He sees Austin Jackson and the player he has become and takes pride in knowing he helped that process.
First, the good news. The Mariners became demonstrably — though just incrementally — better Thursday, without violating the cardinal rule of the trade deadline: Do no harm. At least, none that will haunt you in the future at a rate hugely disproportionate to the value of the addition.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before today’s trade deadline.
CLEVELAND — As fans anxiously await the news of an acquisition that can push Seattle closer to a possible wild-card berth, the Mariners made none on the day before the Major League Baseball trade deadline of 1 p.m. today.
RENTON — Jermaine Kearse sat quietly at the podium for 15 minutes while to his left sat Kobe Bryant and Richard Sherman, and on his right was Grammy winning hip-hop artist Macklemore, all answering questions.