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Trade deadline passes, Mariners strikeout

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SEATTLE, Wash. - General Manager Bill Bavasi wasn't able to get any help for the Seattle Mariners by the trading without waivers deadline. Bavasi was seeking a setup reliever for the eighth inning, a more proven starting pitcher and a new hitter.

But all Bavasi did Tuesday was send troubled reliever Julio Mateo to the Philadelphia Phillies for a AA shortstop.

Bavasi says from the Mariners' point of view, it wasn't an overly impressive market. He says the team made "calculated choices" of players it would not trade away, namely AAA outfielder Adam Jones and Tacoma catcher Jeff Clement.

Bavasi said many other clubs also called about acquiring Mariners rookie reliever Brandon Morrow, who was the team's fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft.

Mateo's trade wasn't a surprise in Seattle. He hadn't pitched in the major leagues since early May. The veteran right-hander was suspended by the Mariners after his May 5th arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife at a Manhattan hotel. He is due back in court in New York on September 4th on a third-degree assault charge.

The Phillies sent infielder Jesus Merchan from AA Reading to the Mariners for Mateo. Merchan hit .330 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in 81 games at Reading.

Bavasi said his team decided long ago that Mateo would never pitch for the Mariners again.

Bavasi said he never reconsidered bringing Mateo back to Seattle after his 10-day suspension despite a strong performance at Tacoma.

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