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The heat is on …

Post by Ryan Divish on Nov. 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm with 2 Comments »
November 7, 2012 3:59 pm

Any excuse to play a song from Beverly Hills Cop will usually do, but since the Hot Stove League is really starting to get warm with the start of baseball’s GM Meetings in Indian Wells, Calif.I figured I’d go with that song. Don’t think there won’t be more heat related songs and videos posted in the coming days.

Yahoo’s Jeff Passan previews those meetings and some of the ludicrous gamesmanship that comes with them in his 10 degrees column …

One of the first pieces of news that came from the meetings was the Mets’ announcement that they have released Jason Bay. The organization is on the hook for the remaining $21 million ($16 million for 2013, $3 million buyout, $2 million bonus) left on his contract. Remember when a few people said the Mariners should sign Bay to a big contract when he was a free agent?  Yeah, it’s probably fortunate that the Mets out-bid everyone, including themselves to sign Bay to the four-year, $66-million contract. A slew of injuries, particularly concussions, submarined his last few seasons leaving him unwanted and searching.

Of course, Bay still believes he can play, which he said in the story. More than a few people have mentioned the possibility of him coming to the Mariners. Any team that acquires him would have to pay him the minimum of about $480,000.  That’s pretty low investment. The Mariners did that with Eric Byrnes and his bike when he was released and still getting paid by the D’Backs.It’s important to remember that Bay is from British Columbia, played at Gonzaga and currently lives in Kirkland, where his wife is from. There would be interest on his end to come here. There are worse moves.

Taking a one-year flyer on Bay, it’s not a horrible idea. It could work out as well as Russell Branyan did in 2009. And the commitment would be low and the risk minimal. There have been worse experiments made by the Mariners – Pokey Reese, Brad Wilkerson, Milton Bradley, Chone Figgins come to mind.

My overall take on one-year deal for Jason Bay —  I wouldn’t hate it. But I wouldn’t expect much.

One of the current Mariners outfielders – Michael Saunders – talked with his hometown paper. It’s interesting to note that he hopes to play for Canada in the WBC.

I found this tweet amusing …

Ken Rosenthal posted this piece about Justin Upton being available on the trade market.  I’m all for exploring the trade opportunities. But you have to wonder if the Mariners have enough pieces – particularly hitting prospects – to make the trade.

Speaking of Rosenthal, Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing uses a Rosenthal tweet to discuss the status of prospects.

Speaking of prospects … Nick Franklin had 6 RBI in yesterday’s AFL game.

Just because Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana, it doesn’t mean guys on the Mariners and Rockies can suddenly start using it. MLB has a different view.

Here’s Buster Olney’s daily list of links ... and previews of the GM meetings

ESPN’s Jim Caple writes about the unifying force of baseball the day after the election.

This story from a week ago … pretty much says it all

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Bay: If they don’t sign Swisher or Cabrera, they might as well take a minimum flier on him. Hell, with Guti’s health record, they might as well anyways. You never know.

    I wouldn’t count on the marijuana laws affecting anything anytime soon anyways. It could be up to a year for any store to sell it in Washington, and that’s if, a BIG if, the federal gov don’t take it to court. Hopefully, Obama calls off the Justice Department since he doesn’t have to run for re-election. Don’t know about the Colorado law. For what I hear, it’s already a free-for-all in places like Boulder. It would be interesting to see if the MLBPA would sue to have marijuana taken off the list. They’re better at standing up to the owners than the NFLPA. I’d still like to hear a logical reason it’s banned in pro sports. Especially if it were legal. Ever heard of alcohol?

    I’m not for trading for Upton if it means loosing Zunino or any of the big 3. He’s still young and may get better, but he’s not consistent enough to give up a bunch of talent for IMO. Especially when he’ll be hitting 81 games in Seattle rather than Arizona.

  2. Bay for 480k in baseball $’s is a no brainer. 480l in baseball $’s is about the equivalent to $4.80 in real world $’s. DO IT.

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