Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A better offseason than the Orange and Black's

That would be the Seattle Mariners, who now appear to have a team that can knock the Angels out of first in the AL West, thanks to a roster that now contains Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley in addition to such reliables as Ichiro, Felix Hernandez, Jose Lopez, former Giant David Aardsma and Franklin Gutierrez. They also picked up Eric Byrnes and Ryan Garko for next to nothing. One can only hope that M's GM Bill Zduriencik is on Bill Neukom’s radar.

Nick Cannata-Bowman at Croix De Candlestick has a pretty good post about it, noting at one point -- The Mariners are ready to compete now, but still managed to keep their farm system’s prized gems intact. The Giants are blocking younger, better players with veterans who will break down midway through the season but still receive playing time.

Nick had another good post a few days before, pointing out that Bengie Molina made MORE OUTS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE MLB LAST YEAR. Here's part of his post -- But with Mark DeRosa, Aaron Rowand, Bengie Molina, and Edgar Renteria all penciled into the starting 9, it’s looking more and more likely that this team is bound for more another year of frustration centered around not working counts, hacking at balls in the dirt, and making fans like me hit their heads against hard surfaces. In the midst of all this, I think the straw the broke the camel’s back is Bengie Molina (probably because he tried to climb onto the camel and was too heavy). It’s frustrating from a fan’s standpoint to see a club commit to a younger, better, cheaper option at a premium position, only to go back and bring back the guy who made the most outs of any regular in baseball. I’ll say it a third time for emphasis: he made the most outs of anyone in the game. On a team pinching pennies late in the offseason, it’s suddenly OK to spend $4.5 million on a player who simply isn’t a good hitter.

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