Mariners emerging as possible deadline dealers

As the clock ticks toward today’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, the Mariners are beginning to emerge as a team looking to make a move or two.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles are actively pursuing both outfielder Michael Morse and lefty reliever Oliver Perez in a possible package deal.

Several media outlets, including Jon Heyman of CBSSports.Com, are saying the Oroles are interested in getting southpaw starter Joe Saunders back. Heyman also says the Mariners are talking to the Rays about Morse, who just came off the disabled list yesterday after missing five weeks with a strained quad.

But Connolly says the Orioles aren’t interested in Saunders, who pitched last night for Seattle in its 8-2 loss to the Red Sox and talked afterward about the looming trade deadline.

Jon Paul Morosi of says the Mariners are talking to teams about Perez and closer Tom Wilhelmsen.

In other words, the rumor mill is buzzing and clearly Jack Zduriencik is at least shopping to see what he can get for some of his players as the deadline approaches and the Mariners sit at 50-56 and 8 1/2 games out of a Wild-Card berth on July 31.

-Greg Johns

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