Early returns on trades are promising

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Even the best trades can't be evaluated until months or years down the road.

That being said, the Mariners have to be happy with what they have received from the Tigers in the persons of left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and right-handed hitting outfielder Casper Wells.

The two newcomers who came at a cost of starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley, both have had big debuts.

Furbush gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced in pitching relief Sunday, but in his first start Wednesday he retired the first 13 batters and allowed only one run in five innings in completing the Mariners' series sweep of the A's.

As for Wells, he has hit safely in all four of his starts (6-for-15), with one home run.

Manager Eric Wedge said the trade was about Seattle "going out and being a more complete team."

Wells said the Mariner don't look like the kind of team that recently came off a club record 17-game losing streak.

"They're all great ballplayers," he said. "It seems like some kind of chemistry is building within the team, just from what I've seen since I've been here. Everyone's feeding off each other."

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