2004-12-20T13:53:43.656-08:00News this morning is that Ron Villone has accepted the Mariners' arbitration offer. The deadline was December 19th. It's expected that Villone and the Mariners will come to agreement on a deal before it goes before the arbitrator. From the article: "Villone said he and the Mariners 'are not that far apart' on a two-year contract." I would expect Ron to perhaps get something in the neighborhood of 2 years, $3 to $4M.
2004-12-17T15:35:56.856-08:00Since yesterday afternoon, it's been Beltre "reportedly" to Mariners. The press release is now on the Mariners MLB.com website.
"Adrian is one of the best young position players in baseball," Bill Bavasi said. "He plays Gold Glove caliber defense and is an offensive force. In addition, he is a perfect fit for our goal of building for 2005 and beyond. For everything he's accomplished, he's only 25 years old. We believe he is just entering his prime and we are very excited to know that his prime will be spent in a Mariners uniform at Safeco Field.and ...
"We are also pleased that, like Richie Sexson, Adrian is a great person as well as a great player. He will be a terrific addition to our community."
"Adrian is a perfect fit for how I envision the Mariners, next season and into the future," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "This gives us an infield with, basically, three Gold Glovers, pop at both corners and at second base and an exciting young player at shortstop.I've been waiting to let this out until the official press release .... Mr. Bavasi .... YOU DA MAN!! ... and Mr. Lincoln ... you too. Way to go! I'm so ecstatic with this news that I can hardly contain myself. I can't wait for the press conference.
"We are a much better team today than we were a couple of days ago. With Beltre, Sexson and Boone in the middle of our order and Ichiro at the top, we now have the ability to run a real legitimate line-up out there every day."
2004-12-17T03:03:07.456-08:00By now, we've all read the analysis and opinion in the local rags. The Seattle PI's John Levesque, John Hickey chime in. As does the Times' Steve Kelley. I thought it would be interesting to look around the net for national reaction. Here's a little of what I found: Dayn Perry of Fox Sports: Although they underachieved to a degree last season, I'm not prepared to take them seriously as contenders in 2005. That said, I very much like the addition of Adrian Beltre. I anticipated that Beltre would sign a seven-year deal for something in excess of $80 million. Instead, the M's land him for five years and $64 million. I'm not entirely sure how to forecast Beltre's performance over the next half-decade, but it won't surprise me if he winds up being worth every penny. Buster Olney of ESPN: The Magazine: Analysis: 4 Baseballs - "Extremely High Impact". The Mariners' situation this winter was much like the Mets' situation: With their credibility eroded, they felt they had to make a splash to win back the interest of the fans. The signing of Richie Sexson was their Pedro Martinez gamble, giving a four-year, $50 million contract to a medical risk. Now they have followed that up with the signing of one of the best available position players -- the 25-year-old Beltre, who batted .334 with 48 homers and 121 RBI for the Dodgers last year, after fully blossoming for the first time in his career. There is no exchange rate involved in those numbers, either: Beltre put up that MVP-type season in Dodger Stadium, a pitcher's park, just like Seattle's Safeco Field. He had the grit to play through injuries last season, he had earned the respect of teammates, and he could be a terrific player for the Mariners for many years to come. He is expensive -- but in a winter when all teams are paying sticker price, that is the cost of talent ...But going forward, they have made a strong and bold statement; Beltre's a great player and he will be for a long time.Bill Plaschke of the LA Times: When asked about the perception that McCourt doesn't have the money to run a team in a major market, DePodesta said, "It's ludicrous. That's an absurd perception." Here's what ludicrous: The Dodgers had worked out the basics for the Green and Penny salary dump before Beltre signed … and their offer still fell 30% short of the Seattle Mariners' deal. Here's what's absurd: Beltre, who didn't want to leave, gave the Dodgers every chance to match the Mariners' deal and the Dodgers refused to even come close.ESPN.com's SportsNation also had an online survey among the questions: With Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre in the lineup, what happens to the Mariners in 2005? 51.8% Contend for playoffs 20.3% Around .500 16.2% Win the AL West 10.6% Win the wild card 1.2% Same as last year How many home runs will Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre hit for the Mariners? 39.6% 61-70 28.2% 51-60 20.3% 71-80 6.1% More than 80 5.8% Less than 50 Who would you rather have for $115 million? 71.6% Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson 28.4% Carlos Beltran Where does a lineup of Ichiro, Raul Ibanez, Bret Boone, Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson rank? 63.2% A notch below the elite but top 10 23.0% Up there with the likes of Boston, New York Yankees and St. Louis 12.3% Middle of the pack 1.5% Considering Safeco Field? Below average Will Adrian Beltre ever match last season's numbers (.334, 48 HR, 121 RBI)? 50.8% No, his track record suggest last year was his career season 49.2% Yes, he's only 25 and will be an elite hitter for at least four or five years Out of 21,511 responses (polls still open)Interesting stuff![...]
2004-12-16T23:31:08.040-08:00Hot Stove rumors are quickly turning into hard news. With Richie Sexson signed and Adrian Beltre all but signed, no one would fault Mariner fans for not paying close attention to other dealings around MLB. I simply haven't even had the time to formulate a reaction yet.
The Yankees would receive the 41-year-old Johnson in the deal while sending pitcher Javier Vazquez and two minor-league prospects, catcher Dioner Navarro and third baseman Eric Duncan, to the Dodgers, according to an Arizona source. The Dodgers would send pitchers Brad Penny and Yhency Brazoban and outfielder/first baseman Shawn Green to Arizona to complete the deal.Talk about your complicated deals. If true, there's an A-Rod and Big Unit reunion is in the making. Nice. Talk about two guys who deserve each other. George Steinbrenner has been obsessing about Randy Johnson for six months, so there's no way this deal wasn't going to get figured out. I vote for the Dodgers as the losers in this deal ... but clearly the cash is going to help them. If they spend it.
2004-12-16T17:20:02.563-08:00ESPN's Peter Gammons is reporting that the Mariners have reached a 5 year deal with Adrian Beltre for
2004-12-15T18:51:18.366-08:00Wow ... the AP just reported on Sexson's deal. According to the article, it's 4 years, $50M! The deal was originally rumored to be anywhere from 3 years/$33M to 4 years/$48M. This is more that anyone thought.
2004-12-15T16:22:00.516-08:00Finally ... the saga is over ... Richie Sexson signs with the Mariners for 4 years. At this point, the dollars are unknown, but the reports are $44-48M. No word on any incentives or health-related provisions. Sexson has been reported to be against both ... so it's unlikely.
2004-12-14T14:07:56.350-08:00Ahhh ... a break from the Hot Stove!
2004-12-14T00:55:42.613-08:00The annual Winter Meetings wrap up today and baseball's power elite prepare head home ... with or without done deals. Today the following were announced or rumored: Richie Sexson. Last night, both the PI and Times were definitive in the story that Sexson will be a Mariner. In the light of day, it appears there may be some cracks in the story. First, no meida seems to be able to figure out what the agreed terms are. It's been speculated that the terms are 3 years, $33M by CBS Sportsline, to 4 year, $44M, and even up to 5 years. So that's a hint. Second, last night the Orioles claimed they were still in it. And today the AP reports the Mariners are "trying" to get the deal done. From the article: Sexson's agent, Casey Close, said that Seattle and Baltimore were still competing for Sexson. "Nothing is conclusive at this moment. We'll have to see where this thing goes the next 24, 48 hours,'' Close said. "It's all speculative as to what people's perspectives are.'' I was very surprised to generally positive reaction to the story this morning. For example, the KJR talking heads seem to support it, their callers were positive, and several folks posting on the PI blog seem to be happy. The primary dissenting voices seem to be fellow bloggers such as myself. As I posted last night, "I'm completely against signing Sexson." The arguments for support seems to be centered around (1) Sexson had great power numbers in Milwaukee and it would translate in Seattle and (2) at least the Mariners did something significant. I can agree with those statements. (1) Richie Sexson is a talented player who I'm sure can transition back to AL and be productive in a way that Cirllio and Aurilia for example could not. But they are 2 years ago are they not? (2) Signing Sexson would be doing something ... but how much credit should we be giving them for that? As fans who provide the 3rd highest revenue in MLB, shouldn't our expectations be higher than just signing any name player? The general arguments against Sexson (to summarize other bloggers) are that Sexson's shoulder injury has historically had a good probability of reoccurring leadind to a poor "risk/reward balance" (thanks USS Mariner for that term) with Sexson. Simply stated, the Mariners must protect themselves from being in a position where they are paying players who cannot perform. So if the Sexson offer is a 4 year deal heavy on performance incentives (say $6M/yr guaranteed up to $11M with relatively easily reached performance incentives for full employment) or a 3 year deal with some incentives (say $8M/yr guaranteed up to say $12M with performance and a 4th year vesting option), then I'm okay with that. But I'm not hopeful since Sexson has gone on record stating he doesn't think he should have sign a contract with incentives. Sexson is "confident" in the health of his shoulder, but not confident enough to put it in writing. That attitude really bothers me. And that's why I'm completely against signing him. But I'll wait until I hear the deal terms before we can call this a bad deal Pedro Martinez to the ... Mets? What the heck? The media is reporting that the Mets will give Pedro 4 guaranteed years. Pedro got his ring and he's going to bolt for Mets purgatory for a few million dollars. No offense to Mets fans, but there's a lot of issues there. Who needs that in the last years of his career? Doesn't he want to come back to Fenway the hero? The Red Sox offer wasn't his top offer, but it was decent. I guess no one leaves money on the table anymore. Corey Koskie, Toronto, 3 years, $17M. That rumor turned out to be true ... too many years, too much money. Sounds like a broken record. White Sox - Milwaukee Trade. Ken Williams ships Carlos Lee to the Brewers for Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino and a player to be named later. I gotta give Doug Melvin credit for figu[...]
2004-12-13T00:45:43.823-08:00Tonight the Seattle PI is reporting that the Mariners have reached a contract agreement with Richie Sexson subject to him passing a physical. Fox Sports/Sporting News is reporting similar information. Contract terms haven't been disclosed, but I'm sure they will come out. And it will be for more money than Sexson should get.
2004-12-12T10:56:11.446-08:00After furious activity in the days leading up to the Wineter Meetings, rumors are still flying around but press conference action has calmed down somewhat and guys like Arthur Rhodes and Dan Kolb are making the headlines. There's still activity among the headliners - Carl Pavano deciding on the Yankees, Jaret Wright flunking his Yankees' physical ... and then passing it, Roger Clemens accepting Astros arbitration (but may retire yet), and Renteria being wooed by the RedSox. Other than Boomer ... no real signings of significance. So on to the rumors: The Dodgers' Paul DePodesta is reported by the AP as saying that the Dodgers want Beltre back but are willing to go with other options. To quote the report: "DePodesta noted that teams who play one player far more than his teammates often haven't fared well. "If the resources are a little more spread around, you're a little more flexible," he said." How conceited ... thanks for your concern Paul ... worry about your own team. The PI had Bavasi's reaction to the Pavano news. To quote the PI: "He had said from the very, very start that the decision was going to be emotional and personal, and not all about money," Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said. "It's conceivable that our offer might have been better. We have no idea. The initial offers -- (agent Scott Shapiro) told us ours was at least as good as, or maybe even a little bit better, than New York's." That's really rough ... make a better offer and still lose out. That the risk I meant in my earlier post about the risks of going for tier 1 guys. The article goes on to say that Mariners expressed interest in one of Boras' pitching clients ... which could mean Derek Lowe, Kevin Millwood, or Eric Milton ... or Ron Villone. Just kidding. Richie Sexson rode into town a few days late and met with several interested clubs including the Mariners. From the same PI report, Bavasi said "It was nice to meet him. It was the first time I had met him. It was probably helpful to him, too. My guess is that he's got at least a few clubs to talk to." Does not sound like a ringing endorsement to me.The Seattle Times reports that the Mariners also met with Corey Koskie's agent. So that thread is still open. Koskie has been offered 3 years, $20M by the Blue Jays (why?). But he seems to be in hot demand as a reported fallback for Dodgers. See? The market for fallbacks is on the rise.The same Times report indicates that the Andruw Jones rumor is nonsense. Reports are that Beltre has been offered 7 years by the Dodgers and 6 years by the Mariners. According to this report from San Bernadino, the Angels are interested in Ron Villone. Really? I don't think so. They might be interested only to drive up the Mariners price. The Angels are reportedly close with Matt Clement at 3 years and $7-9M per. As I posted earlier today, I said that I would name the player I would like to see the Mariners go for broke on. No surprise, that player is Carlos Beltran. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's easy to say that your team should go after the years' highest profile free agent. But I have my reasons ... and I think they are decent. In my previous post, I noted that signing a tier one player for 7 (or 10!) years is more than merely signing a player. It's making an investment in the future of the franchise. And as important as a players' physical talents are intangibles like character, leadership, etc. First, everything I know about Beltran indicates that he's a guy in the "Mariners' mold". A lot of us hard core baseball fans hate the "character guy" label used to justify so many crappy Ms signings. But character is important with the franchise player and you can bet Beltran will be doing charity work right next to Jamie Moyer. Second, Beltran is not known as a vocal clubhouse guy bu[...]
2004-12-11T20:12:39.806-08:00Congratulations to Boston's David "Big Papi" Ortiz for winning the 2004 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. The DH award was renamed in Edgar's honor by Commissioner Bud Selig during Edgar's retirement ceremony at the end of the 2004 season. Ortiz won the award in 2003 and joins Edgar, Don Baylor, Harold Baines, and Dave Parker as a back-to-back winner.
2004-12-11T23:48:54.276-08:00David Wells, Red Sox, 2 years, $8-$18M. Boomer's deal rumored to be 1 year, $6.5M expands this morning to another year (of course Gammons was wrong!). The AP reports that Wells "gets a $3 million signing bonus and a salary of $2.5 million a year. In addition, he would earn $200,000 per start from 11-20 and $300,000 per start from 21-30." The RedSox will give up a pick to the Padres since Wells was offered arbitration. According to some reports, the Wells signing puts the Red Sox out of the Pavano race. Give Theo Epstein credit for putting together an innovative deal in a unique circumstance. This is a fair deal that pays for play. Plain and simple. And it gives Boomer some incentive for staying out of bar fights and not "falling in his kitchen". Wells gives the Sox a left-hander to mix up their rotation. Last year, they only had 1 lefty start ... not that it really hindered them. Mariners. No new news rumors regarding the Mariners pursuits of Beltre, Ddelgado, or Pavano. While there's this break in the Mariners rumorland, I had a few thoughts ... Seeing players like Finley, Wells, Kent, Ortiz go off the board doesn't bother me at all. With other teams signing these tier 2, plan Bs, fallback players, the market is rapidly turning into a market of tier 1 and tier 3 players. It's good to see the Mariners not rush into deals because players of some profile are falling. The best approach for the Mariners is to make investments in 1 or 2 long term tier 1 players and fill out the roster with young talent and cheap veteran scrubs. But this approach has it's risks. First, getting a tier one to agree to Seattle is no simple task. There are precious few tier 1 players and with limited supply, there's a lot of variabiliy in what it takes to sign them. Some will want to go to a storied franchise for the historical impact, some will want to be close to thier homes, some will want money, some will want security. They have a separate market perhaps driven more by comparables from tier 1s in other off-seasons than from other players in their same off-season. The risk here is going for broke with tier 1s, it's possible the Mariners can get shut-out. Second, once signed, a tier 1 player becomes more than a mere component of the team. Unless of course you're the Yankees loaded with tier 1s. It's a long-term investment in a cornerstone that will shape the team. So intangibles like player character, health and personality become more critical. Not sure? Ask the Portland Trail Blazers about signing questionable character guys to long-term deals. So while, there's been considerable criticism of Bavasi after the 2004 debacle ... some justified, some not. It's in this off-season that he's going to make his mark. Will it be a weak stab, a black mark, or a bold franchise-altering strike? He's in a position of "must" succeed. And while his performance will be rated by March ... we may be discussing his impact for years to come. (There is one player that I would like to see the Mariners go for broke on in terms of the off-season. I'll leave that open as a teaser for the next entry ...) Update (12:50 pm): According to FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal (who is right about 1/2 as often as Peter Gammons, who is never right), "The Braves might be looking to trade Andruw Jones, with the Mariners among the teams interested in the multi-dimensional center fielder." Oh man ... let's hope that's not true. Update (3:00 pm): Round-up: Arthur Rhodes, the well-travelled ex-Mariner, has been traded (again). This to the Indians for Matt Lawton Elsewhere, Roger Clemens has accepted the Astros arbitration offer, although he may yet still retire. the annual "will he or won't he" retire drama continues According to the SF Chronicle, [...]
2004-12-11T10:55:27.496-08:00The first official day of the MLB's GM Winter Meetings in Anahiem has wrapped up ... there's been some news and a lot of rumors. First the Mariners' rumors: Adrian Beltre: No doubt the biggest Mariners' story is the pursuit of Beltre. As I wrote yesterday, a persistent rumor has been circling blogs & message forums that the Mariners have offered Beltre a 7 year/$90M deal. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times confirmed that Mariners are pursuing Beltre and writes: There was confirmation yesterday from a baseball source that the club has made an offer, reportedly significant, to third baseman Adrian Beltre, one of the jewels of the free-agent marketplace. In concert with their serious play for first baseman Carlos Delgado, the M's insist they aren't just paying lip service to improving the team's offense. "If they're one of the better players, we'll be in on them," Bavasi said. "There's probably not a lot of guys you can't mention." So there it is. No further confirmation of deal terms. ESPN.com is naming the Mariners as the "favorite" to land Beltre. Finally, the guys at the USS Mariner thought they *might* have confirmation that the Beltre deal was done ... before retracting it an hour and a half later. So there's a lot of conjecture right now, but no real tangible confirmation from Beltre or the Ms. As of this evening, Bavasi only confirmed that he has had "at least one meeting" with Beltre's agent Scott Boras. But those meetings could have been about Boras' other client Ron Villone, so it means nothing. As I said yesterday ... stay tuned .... Carl Pavano: But wait fans! That's not all. (I need a set of steak knives here.) According to Peter Gammons (not that he's Mr. Credible), the Mariners are evidently still in the race for Pavano along with ... you guessed it ... the RedSox and the Yankees. According to reports, Pavano had an very positive visit to Seattle (maybe he likes the rain) and was very impressed with the park and the Ms staff. He cancelled his planned visit to Anaheim and flew back to his home in Montreal to "continue his workout regimen." Dedicated guy. Bavasi and Pavano's agent Scott Shapiro had a 3 hour lunch on Thursday morning. As of this evening, there are more rumors floating around that Pavano has been offered 5 years/$60M by the Mariners. According to an AP report, Shapiro said that " all the teams competing for Pavano had offered contracts of at least four years." A separate AP report, has Pavano nearing agreement with the Yankees on a 4 year, $42M deal. The report goes on to say that signing Pavano doesn't rule out the Yankees closing the Jaret Wright deal (which still isn't officially done, despite being reported 2 days ago), but does rule out signing Eric Milton. The smart money is on the Yankees for Pavano. The Mariners are likely going to have to move on to plan B which is ... Matt Clement? Odalis Perez? Update (10:30 am): TNT reports identifies the Tigers as offering 5 years and Pavano's agent is naming the Tigers and the Yankees as the top current contentders. Carlos Delgado. Nothing really new on the Delgado front. The rumor is that the Orioles are the front-runners for Delgado. He's said to like Baltimore and prefer the East Coast which is closer to his home. There are also reports the the Rangers may be interested in making him a DH. Richie Sexson. Things have gotten quiet on the Sexson front which means one of two things. The Mariners have moved on or they are pressing his suit for the news conference. The Mets have made Sexson an offer, but it's rumored that it's a ploy by the Sexson camp to drive up his price and that he's very close to signing the Ms offer. Bummer. I think his injured wing is going to be a lo[...]
2004-12-09T18:42:17.236-08:00The 2004 off-season got off to an agonizingly slow start ... filled with watching teams deal for the Mike Redmonds of the world ... now things are definintely heating up. First, Troy Glaus signs. Now, Jeff Kent has inked a 2 year, $17M deal with the Dodgers according to the Associated Press. I can't wait to hear the booing that ex-Giant Kent will recieve the first time he visits SBC Park in San Francisco wearing the hated Dodger Blue. I'm sure I'll hear all about it from my Giants friends.
2004-12-09T13:43:04.416-08:00According to the Arizona Republic, Troy Glaus has agreed to a 4 year, $45M deal with the Diamondbacks. According to the article, Glaus will be paid "a $4 million signing bonus and a salary of $8.25 million this season. He'll make $9.25 million in 2006, $10.75 million in 2007 and $12.75 million in 2008." Glaus was pursued by the Mariners at some level. The media accounts didn't make it sound too serious, but how serious we'll probably never know. He was also pursued by the Tigers, Mets and Orioles among others. Glaus is a talent that you would love to have and under healthy circumstances this is probably a good deal for a player of his caliber. But he has missed a lot of games over the last couple of years with shoulder problems. In my opinion, this contract is a lot of risk in both money and years for a guy who may have continuing health issues. I am a bit surprised as I thought Glaus would have wanted something like a 2 year deal to demonstrate that he's healthy and then go for a blockbuster deal in 2007. Something like the tack that Nomar seems to be taking. Either that or something very incentive laden. It would have been interesting to see the other deals offered to Glaus. It's possible that Glaus took the longest contract offered to him ... perhaps looking for security because he's not as confident about his own health? Going to the D'Backs is certainly an interesting proposition for Glaus. From a team on the rise like the Angels to a team in turmoil like Arizona. A few days ago there were reports that the D'Backs wanted Glaus to play some first base and Glaus wanted the third base job exclusively, so that issue must have been resolved. Injury & team situations aside, Glaus is a "name" in the 2004 Free Agent market. So what does this tell us about the market? Probably nothing about the top names, Beltre and Beltran. Perhaps it's an indicator that the midlevel market is indeed rising for both pitchers and hitters. But more appropriately Glaus' deal hints that we won't see many injury discounted deals (in dollars and/or length) for guys like Carlos Delgado, Magglio Ordonez (if he is recovered!), JD Drew, and Richie Sexson. I'm satisfied that the Mariners didn't sign Glaus ... and happy it wasn't for this kind of deal. I had perferred him to Richie Sexson (and certainly Corey Koskie!), but still much lower than some other options. One thing is for sure ... the FA options at the hot corner are certainly dwindling. Update (12:00): Another deal was signed this morning: Jermaine Dye was signed by the White Sox for 2 years, $10.15M. Dye's deal is for $4M in 2005, $5M in 2006, and a club option $6M for 2007 (or $1.15M buyout). The As paid Dye $11.7M the last two seasons ... a lot for his 23 HR/.265 BA/.793 OPS production. Dye will replace Magglio Ordonez (who was not given arbitration) in right field. Update #2 (1:00): ESPN.com's Jim Caple has an most excellent article discussing the Mariners off-season (thanks PI Blog for the link). Caple calls out Mariners' front office for not acquring players when needed in 2000, 2002, and 2003 saying : Had Seattle taken on additional salary by acquiring the needed players then, the Mariners: a.) might have reached the World Series for the first time; b.) probably would have made the postseason in four consecutive seasons; c.) most likely wouldn't have declined so horribly last year; and d.) definitely wouldn't be experiencing such a costly attendance drop. They've lost more than 600,000 fans since 2002.He calls them out for not spending the Kaz money, for having an almost barren farm system, and on and on ... stopping himself only with an "Enough Already!" He throws out that t[...]
2004-12-08T21:02:12.573-08:00This afternoon, the Padres announced Woody Williams signed a one year deal for $3.5M. The deal includes a 2006 club option and could pay Williams up to $14.5 depending on how much he starts.
2004-12-08T14:14:25.053-08:00... pretty soon you're talking real money. At the arbitration deadline, a flurry of new deals. Of note: Nomar Garciaparra, Cubs, 1 year, $8M (with additional $3M in incentives). After an injury marred 2004, Nohmah is reestablishing his value in hopes of a blockbuster multi-year deal next year. Of course, $8 to $11M isn't too bad for a "three-quarters" World Series champion ... is it? Tony Womack, Yankees, 2 year, $4M. Tony Womack? I guess they aren't going to be interested in Bret Boone then ... The market for pitchers continues to rise: Jon Lieber, Phillies, 3 years, $21M. Press Release. Sometimes I wonder about the Phillies front office, but you gotta like the full salary disclosure in the official press release. You don't see the Mariners standard line: "Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed." Which is useless since they end up getting disclosed anyway. Jaret Wright, Yankees, 3 years, $20-21M. Brad Radke, Twins, 2 years, $18M Rheal Cormier, Phillies, 2 years, $5.75M Dustin Hermanson, White Sox, 2 year, $5.5M Antonio Alfonseca, Marlins, 2 year, $4.75M Matt Morris, Cardinals, 1 year, $2.5M (with an additional $4.5M in incentives) Al Leiter, Marlins, 1 year, between $6 to $8M Mike DeJean, Mets, 1 year, $1.15M Others: Todd Walker, Cubs, 1 year, $2.5M. Includes a 2006 club option. Henry Blanco, Cubs, 2 years, $2.7M BJ Surhoff, Orioles, $1.1M Elmer Dessens, Dodgers, $1.3M. Includes 2006 mutual option Sandy Alomar, Rangers, $550K. Offered Arbitration: Twins: Corey Koskie Marlins: Carl Pavano D'Backs: Richie Sexson Cubs: Matt Clement Astros: Carlos Beltran Dodgers: Adrian Beltre, Odalis Perez, Wilson Alvarez, Brent Mayne Red Sox: Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, Orlando Cabrera, Pokey Reese, David McCarty, Mike Myers Padres: David Wells Giants: Jason Christiansen Not Offered Arbitration: Blue Jays: Carlos Delgado Twins: Corey Koskie, Terry Mulholland Mets: Richard Hidalgo Angels: Tory Glaus, Aaron Sele Braves: JD Drew Dodgers: Steve Finley, Jose Lima Astros: Jeff Kent Giants: Robb Nen Royals: Juan Gonzales Phillies: Kevin Millwood, Eric Milton Reds: Barry Larkin Well, there you have it. I'm sure I've left something (or rather someone) out. It's hard to make too many generalizations at this point. It does however look like a lot of teams are desperate for pitching help. The mid-priced pitcher market seems to be very competitive with deals for guys like Benson, Wright, and Lieber going at the upper end of the range. It will be interesting to see if it compresses or expands the market at the upper end (Pavano & Pedro) and the lower end (Villone) of the pitchers market. My guess is that it will expand the low end (as it already seems to be doing) and compress the upper end. [...]
2004-12-07T23:26:46.526-08:00This just in ... the Mariners have offered Ron Villone arbitration prior to tonight's deadline. According to the Associated Press report, Bavasi indicated that the differences came to money and not deal length. Which is odd given that the previous reports indicated that Villone was interested in a multi-year deal and the Mariners were offering 1 year with a club option for the second year. Villone has until December 19th to accept or decline the arbitration offer.
2004-12-07T23:17:04.663-08:00Tonight Carl Pavano's Seattle visit is winding down. I was wondering if someone was going to report seeing him throwing some salmon at Pike Place Fish. So far ... haven't heard anything. Perhaps the pouring rain deterred him. Well, he wanted to know what Seattle was like. It's better in the summer Carl.
2004-12-07T21:45:46.150-08:00This afternoon the Mariners announced that they re-signed Dan Wilson to a one year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed, but I assume they will come out in forthcoming news reports.
Complete details can be found here.
"Bringing Dan back was important to us," said Bavasi. "His veteran leadership and the way he handles the pitching staff are integral parts of our ballclub, and he did a great job working with Olivo last season."
"I am glad we got this worked out to remain in Seattle for another season," said Wilson. "This is where my family and I have called home for the last 11 years and I am looking forward to helping return the club to the level of success we've become accustomed to on the field."
2004-12-02T13:13:18.610-08:00A few days away from the Hot Stove and there are a new crop of rumors. So in no particular order: The latest Bob Finnigan bomb is that the Mariners have tendered a 3 year, $15M deal to Jaret Wright. Wright worked with the geniuses in the Braves organization to resurrect his career after years of arm trouble. I like Wright (although he's not my top choice), but I don't like this deal. It's excessive for a pitcher with some question marks. Also, one wonders whether Hargrove is an asset or a detriment with Wright. After all, it could be argued that Hargrove was at the helm when Wright suffered injury. How Wright feels about playing under Hargrove again is interesting. The timing of the news about the Wright deal is interesting with the Carlpalooza tour coming to Seattle next week. Pavano is still scheduled to be in town from Dec 7 to 8th. If published reports about the budget and predictions on priorities (2 mashers & a #1 or 2 starter) are correct ... then it's either Wright or Pavano (for more $) and certainly not both. So I wonder what Pavano will be thinking coming to town. Maybe the Gulfstream G550 has already been chartered for the trip to Seattle and there's no refund ... Of course, last week's Finnigan bomb that the Mariners are going after both Carlos Delgado and Richie Sexson is still out there. And appearing as a reference in USA Today and other media outlets. So far only the Tacoma News Tribune published an article partially disputing the report. Among other things, the TNT article "Ms bidding for big hitters" states: the Mariners have offers outstanding to 6 players ... not named. I would surmise them to be Dan Wilson, Ron Villone, Carlos Delgado, Troy Glaus, Richie Sexson and Jaret Wright. the Mariners believe that their chances of signing Pavano are slim and that Wright is a more realistic target landing Delgado and Glaus is “Plan A". Signing both Delgado and Sexson and moving Sexon to LF is not the clubs' or Sexson's preference. Furthermore signing Sexson is "more of a longshot" because he has already has more lucrative deals both in term (4 years from the D'Backs) and in money ($10M from the Mets) than the Ms are expected to offer. The TNT doesn't completely dismiss Finnigan's Delgado-Sexson report, but marks it as a "longshot". Interesting choice of words since you usually reserve "longshot" for things you want to happen as opposed to things you don't ... anyway. Anyway, the TNT analysis of the off-season plans seem a bit more believable. I would not be surprised if the Mariners weren't doing something very close to this. So far no news on what Dan Wilson has said to the Mariners contract offer (believed to be a 1 or 2 year deal at $1M). Seems like that may be bad news in locking him up as Olivo's backup. It has been reported that Wilson wants a starting job, but so far he has attracted interest only in a backup role. Nevertheless, Damian Miller's 3 year, $8.75M deal with the Brewers, may have raised the market on mid-30s catchers. Everyone loves Wilson, but the Mariners should not get swept up into overpaying to keep him. Dan should be offered no more than 2 years at $1M per. Anything more is foolish. Out of Denver (you should be feeling the cold Cirillo wind blowing), there is a report that the Mariners might be interested in Jeromy Burnitz. Yikes. Yet another rumor that I hope is false. Burnitz had respectable numbers last season, .283/37 HR/ 110 RBI ... but he plays for the Rockies! Consider his numbers at Coors field, .322, 24[...]
2004-11-27T11:47:50.053-08:00As a Mariner fan, it's hard not be frustred sometimes. From the Seattle Times, the Mariners are evidently trying to sign two over-30 first basemen to multi-year deals. This is a terrible plan ... wrong on just so many levels.
Signing Delgado and Sexson, then calling it an offseason, would just about cement the M’s status as the worst team in the AL West for 2005 and 2006.Well said.
2004-11-25T13:51:43.213-08:00As millions of Americans get together with friends and family to give thanks and dissect turkey, it's a good idea as Mariner fans to do the same.