Any time a team official enters the clubhouse, Ben Broussard can be excused for a slight bump in anxiety.
An affable first baseman who batted .289 with 21 home runs and 63 RBI last season in 143 games, Broussard has heard Seattle is willing to trade him. And he’s heard correctly.
For one thing, is salary is $3.55 million this year – low for a first baseman, but high for a reserve player, which Broussard is. For another, his time in Seattle last season, after being acquired from Cleveland, didn’t go particularly well.
As a Mariner, he batted .238 in 55 games.
With team payroll at a franchise record $111 million, paring that $3.55 million is appealing to the front office. And, barring an injury, Broussard is a man with no where to play.
Richie Sexson is the first baseman. Jose Vidro is the designated hitter – and he’s a switch-hitter.
So Broussard goes about his business here in camp, and the Mariners wait patiently for a team to realize it needs what they have to offer. They don’t have to move Broussard, but they’re wide open to the possibility.