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Mariners aren’t alone in seeking offense

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2010 at 10:58 am with 7 Comments »
October 22, 2010 10:58 am

The Seattle Mariners need offense, and after that, a little more offense.

Had they had a big-league attack in 2010, who knows, they might actually have made a run at Texas – especially if they’d been in position to keep Cliff Lee beyond early July.  As they head into the off-season, the Mariners are facing the grim reality of a budget that simply won’t allow them to pursue the biggest bats available through free agency.

As big a problem? Two teams ahead of them in the American League West, Texas and Los Angeles, can afford to add.

The Angels, in particular, are looking to rebound with hitter or two, and beat writer Lyle Spencer says the team has a shopping list that starts with Carl Crawford, Adrian Beltre, Jayson Werth and Adam Dunn. No, they don’t want them all. But any one of them would inch them along – and likely widen the gap between Los Angeles and Seattle.

If the Mariners want to establish new credibility with their fans, they might as well acknowledge they’re going young in 2011 – new manager Eric Wedge can see Justin Smoak batting cleanup. What the team cannot do is saddle Wedge with Jose Lopez or Milton Bradley as his No. 3 hitter.

Can’t afford a Crawford or a Dunn, fine. Just don’t hand fans another Casey Kotchman or Jack Wilson and tell them its an improvement.

And now, a few links:

  • Speaking of free agents, Business Insider ranks the worst six signings of last winter and, not surprisingly, Chone Figgins was ranked second.  A few other playrs Seattle and other teams pursued also made the list – Rich Harden, Nick Johnson and Jayson Bay.
  • As winter and its dark, dreary nights moves in on us, why not start thinking about catching up with movies about baseball? Turner Classic Movies provides a list of its top 10 baseball flicks – and it includes two  musicals.
  • Jamie Moyer isn’t ageless – he turns 48 next month – but the 267-game winner is considering pitching winter ball. Coming off elbow surgery, Moyer has thrown bullpen sessions for the Phillies, but hasn’t faced hitters. Since he’ll be a free agent after the World Series, Moyer wants to prove he’s healthy and then sign with someone this off-season.
  • The Angels filled the office of scouting director with a former Mariners prospect, Ric Wilson. Wilson spent six years as a catcher in Seattle’s farm system, but never rose higher than Class AA.
  • Oakland fired its trainer, Steve Sayles, in part because the Athletics used the disabled list 23 times in 2010. Of course, part of that could be put on GM Billy Beane, who signed oft-injured starters Ben Sheets and Justin Duchscherer, who spent most of the season on the disabled list.
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  1. Pray4Peace says:

    If anybody is ageless as a pitcher, there’s always Bill “Spaceman” Lee. He’s still out there pitching whenever and whenever he can. (Cube, Brockton, Ma.) Maybe the Ms can add him to their roster. (Just gotta have a cold keg of beer in the dugout) :D

  2. Pray4Peace says:

    That’s supposed to say Cuba. Not Cube.

  3. Pat_riot says:

    please please PLEASE, mariners, DO NOT go out and sign more washed up has beens who were never really any good anyway. I’m SO sick of seeing this year after year after year. Either sign the legitimate BIG bat, or go young and be TB west in a couple years. Thanks for listening.

  4. “If the Mariners want to establish new credibility with their fans………..”,

    they’d raise the payroll back to over 100 mil & compete.

  5. castlerockkid says:

    I would like the Mariners give a real shot to Mike Wilson, He has tremendous power and making the team as a rookie the cost would be low.

  6. “If the Mariners want to establish new credibility with their fans………..,

    they’d raise the payroll back to over 100 mil & compete.”

    Amen, Moo. I bet this team could compete and look pretty good if they added a Dunn and Lee. And its not like they couldn’t afford it, especially with Wilson and Bradley coming off the books next year. Alas, these turkeys care more about profit than wins regardless of what they say. Actions speak louder than words Mariners!

  7. The seattle mariners are an embarressment to MLB. Sell the team.

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