Saturday, July 17, 2004

Seattle Mariners Thoughts #1

The Seattle Mariners are in the midst of one of their worst seasons after several years of excellence.  Sports dominance tends to run in cycles unless you're the Yankees and you can buy whoever you want to help you get your annual division title.  Seattle had some good years, but I think they just went for too long with the old guys. 
I am glad the Mariners are auditioning some of their kids from their minor-league system.  They need to give their prospects a chance, so they will know who to keep and who to trade (or forget about) during the offseason.  I am hoping they will trade Ron Villone, Shigetoshi Hasegawa (Shittegassi Hogatowa), Mike Myers, Randy Winn, Scott "Sandfrog, Son Of Ed" Speizio, and maybe even "Everyday Eddie" Guardado, Bret Boone, Gil Meche and Jamie Moyer.  Meche is supposedly being offered to the Padres for a good outfield prospect, Xavier Nady. 
The Mariners already acquired one good outfielder, Jeremy Reed, in the deal that sent Freddy Garcia to the Chicago White Sux.  There would be some growing pains at the plate, but I wouldn't mind a 2005 outfield of Ichiro, Nady and Reed next year with Jamal Strong (now on Seattle's AAA-level Tacoma club) in the picture somewhere.  Rookie Justin Leone looks like he should be at third base every day, and I hope they go ahead and just bring Jose Lopez up from Tacoma to play shortstop.  Left fielder Raul Ibanez can move to 1B, and Bucky Jacobsen can DH.  Speizio and Jolbert Cabrera could stick around as Mark McLemore-style "super-subs".  Both guys can play a bunch of positions.  If Boone is gone, I suppose Wee Willie Bloomquist could be a light-hitting bottom-of-the-order second baseman...  or maybe Cabrera could have that job.  Miguel Olivo, also acquired in the Garcia trade, will undoubtedly be the primary guy behind the plate;  I wouldn't count on veteran Dan Wilson being around (if so, he would probably function more as a player-coach). 
The rotation could be Pineiro, two or three from AAA guys Travis Blackley/Clint Nageotte/Matt Thornton/Bobby Madritsch and one or two from Meche/Moyer/Ryan Franklin (whoever is still around).  In the pen, Rafael Soriano would be the closer.  J.J. Putz and George Sherrill would be the set-up men, and the long guys could be Julio Mateo and whoever else.  
This is what it could be like if they didn't make any more trades or any free-agent signings during the winter, before next season.  I like the idea of a wholesale change with the roster...  it would be nice to keep a couple of the vets around if they can, and maybe sign a couple of decent free agents.  If the young pitchers work out o.k. the rebuild might not take more than two or three seasons.  Having a young team like last year's Florida Marlins would be really cool!
I invite comments.  My asbestos suit is on.


Blogger David said...

I dunno, John. Yes, it's been an awful, awful season. But man, it's going to be depressing watching these young guys get clobbered and make errors and lose leads and... The IDEA of bringing the youngsters up is a lot more fun than actually seeing them come up and play like, well, youngsters.

I hate the idea of jettisoning all those established major leaguers. Couldn't Boone snap back and have an all-star year just about as easily as continue to suck? It almost sounds like you'd like to move the Tacoma Rainiers up en masse (sp?). Well, what is the Rainiers' record this year? (I ask because you're just the guy who'd know.) Why expect them to flourish in the bigs when they're not tearing up AAA?

7:53 AM  
Blogger Snave said...


No, no, no, no, no and NO!! Haha!

Just kidding. You make good points.

I guess that in order to see what they truly do have re. their top-level prospects, they need to give them playing time. That means opening up some spots on their 40-man roster... and regretfully, that means some moves that are especially tough to stomach, like the Olerud release. The Aurilia release may have not seemed as bad, because this was his first year in Seattle, and... he sucked.

According to the Pacific Coast League website, as of this morning Tacoma is 49-41 (.554), in first place in the PCL's Northern Division. There are four divisions in the league. Tacoma's record is 4th best out of 16 teams.

9:57 AM  

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