After a report surfaced from FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi that the Seattle Mariners sent two-high level scouts to Jake Peavy's start on Thursday in Chicago, a high-level Mariners executive confirmed to noted that the team's presence at the start was merely "normal coverage and nothing more".
While the team may have slight interest in acquiring Peavy, their presence at his start seems to be more of a coincidence than anything. The Mariners are currently eleven games behind the Rangers in the AL West, and have not committed to either buying or selling at the trade deadline.
Veteran assets like Charlie Furbush, Kendrys Morales, Oliver Perez and Raul Ibanez would be very attractive to contenders in trade talks, but Seattle has been reluctant to declare that they are willing to sell. As the executive described, the team is not closing the door on any potential deals, but will not go out of their way to move pieces to contenders.
#Mariners source on the team's plans: "Our ears are open, but we are not actively shopping" veterans like Morales, Ibanez, Perez, Furbush— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 27, 2013