Though not mathematically eliminated from contention, common sense and logic point to the Mariners moving forward with thoughts of 2016 as they play out the string of 59 remaining games this season.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The dream of the postseason is done for the Mariners, erased by a nightmarish run of mostly bad, inconsistent baseball that stretched from April till July with only a few hints of success.

Though not mathematically eliminated from contention, common sense and logic point to the Mariners moving forward with thoughts of 2016 as they play out the string of 59 remaining games this season.

It became that much more apparent when they made two more trades just before baseball’s 1 p.m. (PDT) non-waiver trade deadline, giving up their best reliever and a member of their starting rotation in deals to bring back young players under club control.

Early Friday, the Mariners finalized a trade with the Blue Jays that sent their best reliever, Mark Lowe, to Toronto for three left-handed minor-league pitchers — Rob Rasmussen, Nick Wells and Jake Brentz.

[J.A. Happ traded to Pirates; Ketel Marte, Jesus Montero recalled from AAA Tacoma]

“Obviously, losing Mark was tough,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He’s one of the top right-handed relievers in all of baseball. He’s done a tremendous job for us. He was everything that is right about the Seattle Mariners. He represented this organization in the highest fashion. He’s a quality individual, quality in the clubhouse, and it was tough to lose him.”

And minutes before the deadline, Seattle sent left-handed starting pitcher J.A. Happ to the Pirates for right-hander Adrian Sampson — a former Skyline High School and Bellevue College standout.

“Our guys liked him out of the draft,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “He’s got a big, hard sinker and has really solid makeup and really good intangibles.”

With Thursday’s trade of Dustin Ackley to the Yankees for outfielder Ramon Flores and pitcher Jose Ramirez, the organization acquired six players in two days.

“It’s more about the future, yeah, but also the production you are getting at the big-league level and if you can replace that and still be competitive while adding talent to your organization,” Zduriencik said. “I think that’s what we accomplished.”

[Mariners’ Mark Lowe traded to Blue Jays for three minor leaguers]

To replace Lowe and Happ on the roster, Rasmussen and Ramirez were added to the active roster and in the bullpen Friday night. The Mariners will determine who takes Happ’s spot in the rotation. His next start isn’t till Tuesday at Colorado so they will go with an eight-man bullpen.

Rasmussen, 26, has appeared in 11 big-leagues games — one with Toronto this year and 10 last season and has a 2.92 ERA with 14 strikeouts. He’s spent most of this season at Class AAA Buffalo where he was 4-1 with one save and a 2.36 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 34 games, including one start.

Ramirez, 25, has a mid- to high-90s fastball. He’s 3-0 with 10 saves and a 2.90 ERA in 32 appearances for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Besides the trades, the Mariners also called up two of their better minor-league players — Jesus Montero and Ketel Marte. Montero was in the starting lineup at first base, and Marte got the start at second base with Robinson Cano battling an abdominal strain.

Realistically, Montero should be in the lineup on most days to determine if his Class AAA success with Tacoma can translate to the big-league level. He is out of minor-league options next year, meaning he will have to make the big-league club out of spring training or be designated for assignment. The Mariners have the rest of the season to evaluate him.

“My hope is to play him as much as possible,” McClendon said. “We need to find out about him and see what he’s got.”

Montero was brutalizing Pacific Coast League pitching since being sent back down, hitting .472 (17 for 36) with seven extra base hits and seven RBI in six games.

“I went out with a good attitude and did my best every time,” he said. “I was pushing harder. I wanted to get back here. I was more focused. I wanted to hit more, and I wanted to do more damage.”

Marte’s role is a little different. He’ll play second base until Cano is healthy and the Mariners will decide what to do with him after that. He was hitting .314 with 12 doubles, two triples, three homers, 29 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 65 games with Tacoma.

“He’s a very energetic young man, a very instinctive player with the ability to steal bases, runs the bases well and is a switch-hitter,” McClendon said. “I don’t think there’s any manager in baseball that doesn’t like a switch-hitter. It certainly brings a different dynamic to what we are doing. We’ll put him at the leadoff spot and see what he can do.”

Marte had been working out in center field with Tacoma before his call-up, and it could be his position of the future. McClendon wasn’t certain when he might play Marte in center field. But Marte will work with outfield coach Andy VanSlyke before games in the outfield.

For McClendon, the dynamic of his team has changed and might continue to change in these final two months.

“Obviously, we’ve gotten a lot younger,” he said. “This is a chance to take a look at some of our young talent and see what happens. My hope is they energize us a little bit and we continue to move forward and try to win ballgames.”

McClendon didn’t like the label of focusing on the future because there is a connotation of surrendering wins in the present.

“I don’t think that’s fair,” McClendon said of the premise. “Every time I put on this uniform, I’m going out to win a game. In the process, we’ll evaluate. But you can bet your ass I want to win games.”