After completing two deadline deals, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik fired back Thursday at unidentified peers in a recent FoxSports.com report who said his dithering slowed the trade market.

“There were people out there who really thought the Mariners are a prime target,” Zduriencik said. “`Hey, they’re in a pennant race for the first time in 10 years. They’re going to give up the farm.’

“There was a little bit written about that. We were not going to do it, and it probably didn’t make a lot of people happy. But I don’t care. If a few guys get ruffled feathers, that’s their fault.”

FoxSports.com reported: “To hear rival executives tell it…Zduriencik mostly has exasperated trade partners…(who) say the Mariners frequently inquire on a number of players, only to shift direction when a deal appears within reach.”

If so, Zduriencik makes no apologies.

“These are our players,” he said. “This is our organization. That’s our focus. If we can help each other, I’m all in. But we’re not sitting here donating players to make somebody else better. Forget about it.”

The Mariners traded four minor-league players over the last week, but Zduriencik contends he kept the core of the organization’s youth movement in place.