Ben Broussard is gone and a lot of folks wonder why.
The Mariners say the reasoning is pretty simple. Richie Sexson is the first baseman for 2008 and should he go down, Jose Vidro would likely be the first choice to replace him there.
Broussard was an old-fashioned salary dump.
After earning $3.55 million in 2007 for 240 at-bats, Broussard was arbitration-eligible and expected to ask for more than $4.5 million. The Mariners thought that was too much money to expend on a reserve.
"Our priority is pitching and that’s where our resources are going," general manager Bill Bavasi said.
So the team will continue to seek pitching, and a left-handed bat off the bench. Whether the move works out is one of those lovely off-season questions that fans and blogs can ponder for weeks.