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Mariners Mailbag video: Reacting to the Zunino trade, looking at what’s next for M’s offseason

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto gave the MLB offseason a jolt on Thursday morning, and on Thursday afternoon the Mariners insiders from 710 ESPN Seattle were ready to give it the proper reaction it needed.

Welcome to the start of a new series on, where Shannon Drayer and James “Boy Howdy” Osborn answer your mailbag questions about the Mariners’ offseason. Among the topics addressed in the first episode are:

• The Mariners’ five-player trade with Tampa Bay that sends Mike Zunino to the Rays and brings speedy center fielder Mallex Smith to Seattle;
• What positions Dipoto could look to the free agent market to fill;
• If other teams could be persuaded into trading for high-priced veterans such as Kyle Seager and Robinson Canó;
• What the reasoning would be if the Mariners hang on to Edwin Díaz instead of trade him when his value is at its highest;
• If new pitching coach Paul Davis‘ lack of experience as a player or coach in the majors could impact his ability to build relationships with players.

You can watch the full mailbag in the attached video, or listen to an audio-only version in this podcast.

A closer look: Who is new Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith?