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Fixing the...Seattle Mariners

Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:47 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2009 1:35 pm
 

Where to start with a team that lost 101 games? Where to start with a team that had such high expectations enterting the previous season just get dumped down the toilet? Well, luckily that is new hired GM Jack Zduriencik, and it is new coach Don Wakamatsu who must get wins. As of today, the lineup for the Mariners sets up as follows...

  • Catcher...Jeff Clement/Kenji Johjima
  • First Base...Russell Branyan
  • Second Base...Jose Lopez
  • Third Base...Adrian Beltre
  • Shorstop...Yuniesky Betancourt
  • Right Field...Ichiro Suzuki
  • Center Field...Franklin Gutierrez
  • Left Field...Wladimir Balentien
  • Designated Hitter...Jeff Clement/Kenji Johjima 

 

  • Starter #1...Felix Hernandez
  • Starter #2...Erik Bedard
  • Starter #3...Brandon Morrow
  • Starter #4...Jarrod Washburn 
  • Starter #5...Carlos Silva / Ryan Rowland-Smith
  • Closer...Mark Lowe

The lineup is formiable, just not very well put together thanks to Bill Bavasi. With Kenji's contract, I would expect Clement and Johhjima to platoon at catcher with Clement doing most of the catching. Branyan with most certainly, I hope, platoon with another player as he just can't hit left-handed pitching. Lopez and Betancourt have seen their defense slowly go by the wayward which isn't very good for a double combination. To Jose Lopez credit, he is a above average hitter and if he can find another position he has that working for him; whereas, Betancourt can't take a ball, or a strike.  Gutierrez was got in from the Indians in the J.J. deal, and is a well above average defender. The only question that remanins to be anwsered on him is if he can hit at this level. Balentien simply has nothing left to prove in the minors, and needs to start seeing major league pitching to progress as a player. Just sending him back down to AAA Tacoma wouldn't do him, or the franchise much good. And Ichiro name speaks for himself, although for what he brings to the field as a skill set, I don't believe he is worth the money management pays for him; despite the large contigent of fans he draws.

For the Mariners, it dosen't get much better than Felix as the staff ace. A organization grown talent, 22 years young, with the sky being the limit for him. If Bedard can come back from left shoulder surgery and pitch as he did in 2007, the Mariners would have a pretty darn good top-half of the rotation. Morrow gave Mariners fan's alot to look forward to when he carried a no-hitter through eight innings against the Yankees. At this point, to is a toss up between Silva an Rowland-Smith for the #5 job, but Silva will more than likely get the job as a franchise can't let money sit and do nothing, although Silva looks like he does a lot of sitting anyways. With the dealing of Heilman, I believe Lowe should move into and deserves to be the closer. 

The Trade...There is NO way the trade will happen, but a guy can dream

SS Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Felix Hernandez, and Player TBA to San Diego for RHP Jake Peavy

It's too bad Beltre has a no-trade clause with the Twins as they need a Third Baseman, and Beltre is a Gold Glover. Liriano is coming off Tommy John surgery with some bad blood between him and Twins management for keeping him in AAA for so long. The Mariners can afford to take a chance on Liriano with Beltre's contract expiring after the 2009 season. But, for some reason Felix will not sign a long-term deal with the club...gee I wonder why. Betancourt is a well below average major league shortstop. He was thought to be a Gold Glove caliber defender an has been everything but that. The Padres are unloading payroll, looking to deal Peavy, and Peavy wants to stay on the West Coast. He will more than likely end up with the Giants, Angels, Dodgers.

One deal that would be worth exploring is sending Jarrod Washburn to the Twins for Delmon Young. Money might come into play and finding the right numbers, but in my opinion, it's a win for both sides. Mariners get a young exciting player, and the Twins get a veteran starter to help them get back into the playoffs.

The Free Agent Signing...

1B Sean Casey (darn it! he had to retire)

To platoon with Branyan.

The 2009 Seattle Mariners

  • Catcher...Jeff Clement/Kenji Johjima
  • First Base...Russell Branyan
  • Second Base...Jose Lopez
  • Third Base...Adrian Beltre
  • Shortstop...Yuniesky Betancourt
  • Right Field...Ichiro Suzuki
  • Center Field...Franklin Gutierrez
  • Left Field...Wladimir Balentien
  • Designated Hitter...Jeff Clement/Kenji Johjima  
  • Starter #1...Felix Hernandez
  • Starter #2...Erik Bedard
  • Starter #3...Brandon Morrow
  • Starter #4...Jarrod Washburn
  • Starter #5...Silva / Rowland-Smith
  • Closer...Mark Lowe
Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2009 9:55 pm
 

Fixing the...Seattle Mariners

Yes, I agree trade Ichiro. He is a clubhouse cancer. He thinks way too much of himself, and dosen't get along with anyone. The problem is I don't know of a team that would be willing to take on his contract. Same with Kenji, his new contract just kick in and its ridiculous for the year he had last year; no idea what Bavasi was thinking.

Dealing Washburn is also smart, the M's got to greedy with him at the break last year. If they deal him to the Yankees they wouldn't get Hughes as I still think that management still has high hopes for him. I always thought of him being dealt to the Brewers. Washburn lives there, hunts there, and the Brew Crew have holes in the rotation.

Yes Beltre should be dealt, but not till the break. With contract expiring at the end of 2009, he will probably draw the most intrest at the break.

Bedard in my opinion is undealable right now coming off surgery.

Lastly, don't worry I didn't forget about Mike Morse. After MLB in batting average last year in spring training, I have high hopes for him in 2009 coming off his surgery. Just don't know how he fits into the team plan, possibly LF with Ibanez leaving? Probably get more out of Balentien if he DH's only.




Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2009 10:45 pm
 

Fixing the...Seattle Mariners

     It is obviously time to blow up the Mariners. Start with a trade of Ichiro. Yes, I said it but it makes great sense for the team and for him. At 35 years old and the state of the Mariners, he will never see the playoffs. So, package him with Jarrod Washburn and send him to the hated Yankees who desperately need a centerfielder. In return, acquire Hughes, Kennedy, Melky Cabrera and Xavier Nady. Not only would you dump 25million in salary, you also get young prospects to grow with the King and Morrow. Then I would sign Adam Dunn to be my full time dh and part time leftfielder. Next, I would trade Beltre to the Giants for Sanchez and a prospect. At the trade deadline I would look to trade Bedard with the hope he has a salary push year. Same goes for Kenji. So my lineup looks like this:
1b Dunn/Branyun
2bLopez
ssBetancourt
3bMorse (former ss deserves the shot if doesn't work move Lopez find 2b)
lfCabrera/Balentien
cfGutierez
rfNady
cKenji/Clement
dhClement/Dunn
 
1Cabrera
2Gutierez
3Lopez
4Dunn
5Nady
6Clement
7Morse
8Kenji
9Betancourt

rotation: Hernandez, Bedard, Morrow, Sanchez, Hughes
pen: Kennedy, Heilman, Rowland-Smith, Silva + final 2/3 spots to be determined in spring training.
This makes your team younger and gives salary flexibility especially after trades of Kenji and Bedard at mid season.



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 8:45 pm
 

Fixing the...Seattle Mariners

I thought they were trying to make Morrow the closer.  Then the rotation would be:

1. King Felix

2. Bedard

3.Washburn

4. Rowland-Smith

5. Silva

Heilman could then be used as a set-up man which I think he would thrive more at.

 




Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2008 12:03 pm
 

Fixing the...Seattle Mariners

Watch out for Clement and his power. He's fast for a catcher and has improved on his defence. The only problem is his injuries and those bad knees!  He's a fantasy sleeper!


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