Not exactly your traditional Nashville style country. This is a little Texas/Oklahoma country from Cody Canada & the Departed, but it’s one of my favorite songs so it’s going on the blog.
10:06 a.m. — Wrapping up yesterday …
Here’s my main story on Jack Zduriencik’s anger about the team being characterized as desperate for hitting. And my notebook talked about the Mariners in preliminary talks with the agents of Felix Hernandez about a possible contract extension. The notebook also mentions the possibility of Jason Bay signing a 1-year contract with the Mariners in the coming days.
10:19 a.m. — Bay by the way
Well, it appears that Bay has some suitors. I called the deal low-risk, medium reward. If Cleveland wants to spend more to get Bay, then let them. Dave Cameron of USS Mariner and Fangraphs offers his thoughts on Bay. Meanwhile Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing and Fangraphs, who is sitting next to Dave at these meetings, also has some thoughts on Bay.
I really have no major feelings on the signing of Bay. If it happens, it happens. I’m guessing he’s demanding a major league contract and wants to be placed on the 40-man roster. The Mariners could do that. There is probably a player that could sneak through waivers.
10:30 a.m. — the Butler didn’t do it.
Welp, you can scratch Billy Butler off the list of possible acquisitions.
It would have been tough fit for the Mariners. Could you imagine him and Jesus Montero on base at the same time. That would be like I-5 traffic on a Friday afternoon of a Holiday weekend.
10:40 a.m. — Quick itinerary update
Quick heads up on what transpires today: we have the manager’s luncheon at noon here. And Eric Wedge meets with the media at 3 p.m. So we will have some comments from him.
1:56 p.m. — Mariners agree to terms with Jason Bay.
Jon Heyman first tweeted it out there I believe. Does it really matter at this point? But it sounds as though Bay is coming to the Mariners on a one-year deal. Heyman also mentioned that Bay is getting a 7-figure contract. But I’ve been told by a source within the organization that number is false and that’s somewhere around $700,000. I don’t know when we will have official confirmation. Bay will still have to take a physical and other things. I was told it probably wouldn’t be announced till next week
Is this the marquee signing of the meetings? No. Are the Mariners done? No. Can they still sign Swisher or Hamilton or Bourn? Yes.
So before you burn your jersey, take a deep breath and relax. It’s a one-year deal. He’s not guaranteed a 25-man roster spot. He’s not guaranteed a place in the lineup. It’s a calculated guess by the Mariners.
Because it’s a major league contract, Bay will be guaranteed a spot on the 40-man roster. It’s currently full right now, but the Mariners can easily make room by removing someone like Mauricio Robles, who’s had plenty of chances in the organization and still hasn’t done much.
The full roster also means the Mariners don’t have a spot for a Rule 5 draftee, but I’ve been told they don’t plan to be too active in that draft tomorrow.
Here’s the current 40-man roster
3:30 p.m. — Press conference with Eric Wedge
We met with the Mariners manager and discussed the growth and direction of the team, Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley’s health, Franklin Gutierrez, the new fences and the mentality behind it, questions about the division and Jason Bay.
Here’s the full transcript.
5:24 — Notes from Jack Zduriencik.
No comment from him on Jason Bay
The Mariners are still very active in the pursuit of a hitter.
It’s looking like the major free agents – Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Zack Greinke – won’t sign till after the winter meetings
The Mariners probably won’t do anything at the major league level of the Rule 5 draft
Zduriencik said several teams have asked about hard-throwing relievers Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor and starting pitcher prospect Brandon Maurer.
The Mariners are still looking at catching and pitching on a lesser level.
6:20ish — Radio on KJR … talking about the Bay signing
7:00 — live chat transcript — “My fingers hurt”
I did a live chat for over an hour and 20 minutes... here’s the transcripts
9:00 p.m. — Done
We were told that the Mariners are largely done for the night. So unless something happens in the morning, the Mariners won’t have any other deals till after the meetings are over.
I will check back in tomorrow with a Rule 5 draft update and a wrap up stuff from Zduriencik.