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Archives: 2007

Dec.
4th

Why the Mariners Didn’t Offer Jose Guillen Arbitration

The issue that seems to have agitated the populace over at the big boat Mariner isn’t whether Seattle will land Erik Bedard but why the team didn’t offer salary arbitration to outfielder Jose Guillen.

If they had, the argument goes, they’d have picked up a supplemental draft pick when the Kansas City Royals signed Guillen in the wee hours Tuesday morning.

The online concensus: GM Bill Bavasi and his staff are all boneheads.

Why else wouldn’t they offer Guillen arbitration? Simple, they suspected he’d take them up on it – and there’s evidence he would have.

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Dec.
4th

Two Reasons the Mariners won’t Move Richie Sexson

The first of the two reasons is the simplest – no one wants him.

Richie Sexson and his $14 million contract haven’t drawn a bit of interest this fall, nor at these winter meetings. At least not unless the Seattle Mariners are willing to eat that contract.

Oh, there have been rumors floated – Sexson to San Francisco for Ray Durham, for instance. Problem is, talk to the other team supposedly involved, the rumors turn out to be false.

Giants GM Brian Sabean insists Sexson was "never" on his radar.

It’s a story told over and

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Dec.
3rd

Next! Seattle Pursues Lefty Erik Bedard

The Mariners officially acknowledged they were out of the run for Johan Santana, and turned their attention to another coveted pitcher – Baltimore’s Erik Bedard.

Bedard isn’t nearly the marquee name Santana is, but he’s a 29-year-old left-hander with a 40-35 record and a 3.83 lifetime earned run average. Unfortuantely for Seattle, he’s hardly a secret.

Among the teams already pursuing Bedard are the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, and the team that finishes second in the Santana derby is almost certain to join this fray.

As with Santana, Bedard will come dear – Orioles

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Dec.
2nd

No Santana for the Mariners

The Johan Santana Block Party – also known as basebal’s winter meetings – is a once-in-a-generation event, a chance for any team who wants a two-time Cy Young Award Winner in his prime to make an offer the Minnesota Twins can’t refuse.

If the Seattle Mariners could, it wouldn’t matter.

They can’t, so they lose out in the Santana Derby no matter how well-intentioned general manager Bill Bavasi is.

What the Twins want is ready-for-the-majors starting pitching, and about the best offer Seattle can make is one that includes outfielder Adam Jones, pitcher Brandon Morrow and catcher

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Nov.
19th

Mariners May Take A Shopping Trip to Japan

The Seattle Mariners are pushing hard to land Japanese free-agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, and their pursuit of the 32-year-old right-hander has reached the stage where the team is considering sending a delegation to Tokyo that likely will include general manager Bill Bavasi.

Kuroda has a history of winning games and piling up innings and has shown interest in all things Seattle – from the team to fellow Japanese catcher Kenji Johjima to the pitcher-friendly dimensions of Safeco Field.

A number of teams have expressed serious interest in Kuroda, including the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago

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Nov.
7th

Don’t Use Drugs – But We’ll Forgive You If You Did

Outfielder Jose Guillen will be asked to talk to MLB’s Mitchell Investigators about his reported use of steroids and HGH, but that committee has no subpoena powers – and Guillen’s value on the free agent market appears unchanged.

Baseball continues to fight itself over the issue of performance-enhancing drugs. In the midst of rumors and accusations, even confessions of HGH use, Cleveland picked up the $7.5 million option on pitcher Paul Byrd.

And the Kansas City Royals say they’re not deterred by the reports of Guillen’s spending $19,000 on similar drugs between 2002 and 2005.

"You’re talking

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Nov.
6th

Two Gold Gloves And One New Coach

It’s unofficially official – meaning it’s happened but hasn’t been announced yet – that the Seattle Mariners have a new third base coach and two Gold Glove Award winners.

The team is finalizing a contract with coach Sam Perlozzo, who will complete the coaching staff for manager John McLaren.

And those Gold Gloves? Ichiro Suzuki got his seventh, and first as a fulltime centerfielder – and third baseman Adrian Beltre won the first of his career.

For Ichiro, it’s just a little more bling for the trophy case.

For Beltre, it’s an honor he’s wanted

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Nov.
6th

Guillen’s Name Pops Up – In the Wrong Place

It used to be certains bars or in the little black books of women who ran escort services – now the last place a baseball player wants his name associated with is the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Jose Guillen spent more than $19,000 there between 2003 and 2005 – years before he spent 2007 in a Seattle Mariners uniform. And that he spent it on steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Guillen has never acknowledged using any of that, and last season was outspoken in his criticism of players

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