If Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik intended to show he wasn't as bad at his job as a recent Seattle Times feature portrayed, he probably didn't accomplish that objective with his latest moves.
On Wednesday during baseball's winter meetings, Zduriencik inked Corey Hart to a one-year, $6 million and acquired Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. Each addition doesn't look so bad on its own. Hart figures to be a bargain, taking a short-term deal to rebuild his value after missing the 2013 season due to knee injuries. He averaged 29 home runs over his previous three seasons. Morrison could also provide some power if he stays healthy, hitting 23 homers in 2011. He had no role in Miami anymore, so Seattle only had to give up fringe reliever Carter Capps in exchange.
Yet didn't the Mariners basically get the same sort of player here? Granted, Hart has more raw power and will likely prove to be the better acquisition. But neither he nor Morrison are really capable of playing the outfield anymore because of their knee injuries (and the surgeries they required). Both are better suited for first base or designated hitter duty in Seattle. And the Mariners already have a first baseman and DH on their roster.