We were hoping the Mariners would make a decision on who won the competition for the last outfielder spot between Casper Wells and Jason Bay sometime today. Wells and Bay were probably hoping for the same thing.
But it won’t be happening today or tomorrow or possibly even Saturday.
“I know you are anxiously awaiting a decision,” general manager Jack Zdurienick said. “But at this moment in time, we don’t have any information except to say that we don’t have to have the rosters set till Sunday so what we are going to do is let itself play out.”
Casper Wells will stay in Peoria and play in minor league games to get at-bats. Meanwhile, Jason Bay will make the trip to Salt Lake City. Read into that what you will.
It seems as though Bay has made this team. But I’ve been wrong before – quite often.
Still, Eric Wedge probably wouldn’t keep Bay around this long if he wasn’t going to keep him. Bay is too much of a professional. Wedge likely would have cut him earlier to he could possible hook up with another team.
The thought is they are trying to draw this thing out and hopefully sneak Wells through waivers. The waivers period is three business days. Or they could also be trying to trade Wells. He does have value to teams looking for a fourth outfielder and bat off the bench.
We know all the reasons why you keep Wells, and all the reasons why you shouldn’t keep Bay. Wells had his chances. He had them last season. He had them this spring. He’s never played well enough grab the job. And the Mariners have been waiting and hoping he would do so.
How about a few links …
Tim Brown of Yahoo was here in Peoria, and he wrote this outstanding column on Felix Hernandez and his decision to stay with the Mariners.
From his column …
At an impressionable time in his life, when a player of his ability might understandably seek a ride on the first loophole out of town, Hernandez stayed, and because of it cried with joy. He was rich already. He’d been decorated with individual awards. He’d seen the plans – and the designers of those plans – come and go. He’d seen free agents arrive and then count the days to the ends of their terms.
But not Felix.
Instead, he says he believes in the Mariners, the city, the people there. He has this thing with the workers at Safeco Field, the men and women who tend to the ballpark, and guard the doors, and greet him with a smile and a go-get-em-King. On Wednesday he said that some of them – some, he said, and there he went again, his eyes growing red and his words going all sloppy in his throat – “They treat me like a son.”
Like he can hardly fathom it, like he maybe doesn’t deserve it, like he needs them as friends far more than they could ever need him as a pitcher
- Jonah Keri of Grantland has his AL West preview …
- Forbes released its baseball franchise “valuations.” The Mariners are 12th in baseball. The Angels and Rangers rank ahead of them as expected. The Mariners current value is $644 million. The 2012 revenue was $215 million.
- Here’s the wrap-up of the positional rankings series that Fangraphs have been runnin.