PEORIA, Ariz. — They both left Cincinnati on the verge of tears, clubhouse favorites leaving the only organization that each of them had ever known. Yet less than 48 hours removed from the major trade that brought Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez to the Mariners, the former All-Stars say that they’re all in on their new roles in Seattle.
The Mariners leveraged the trade market by targeting the riches of the rebuilding Reds, who are unloading top talent. While Suárez and Winker were emotional about leaving a team at the onset of a rebuild, they were also eager to join another emerging from one.
“That’s all we’re thinking about,” Suárez said. “Everybody has that motivation, everybody is together for this and we just talk about making the playoffs, and from there, going step by step. We’ve got a good group of players. We’ve got experience. This year is going to be fun.”
“Once I got here, I was very, very excited,” Winker explained. “I’ve always wanted…