Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 4:43 pm
By Matt Snyder
What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule of this feature, click here.
The Seattle Mariners have finished last place in the AL West six of the past eight seasons. Would things have been different if management had done a better job of keeping the right organizational pieces? In a word: Yes. Check this out ...
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adam Jones, CF
6. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
7. Dustin Ackley, 2B
8. Raul Ibanez, 1B
9. Jason Varitek, C
1. Felix Hernandez
2. Michael Pineda
3. Doug Fister
4. Brandon Morrow
5. Joel Pineiro
Closer - J.J. Putz
Set up - Rafael Soriano, Matt Thornton, Eric O'Flaherty, Brian Fuentes, Damaso Marte, George Sherrill
Long - Derek Lowe
Notable Bench Players
Adam Moore, Greg Dobbs, Bryan LaHair, Luis Valbuena, Jose Lopez, Yuniesky Betancourt, Willie Bloomquist, Michael Saunders, Carlos Peguero
Almost everything. The lineup is solid, the starting rotation is very good, the bullpen is great and there is some bench depth. There are superstars like King Felix and A-Rod with up-and-comers like Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Pineda. And 2011 first-rounder Danny Hultzen (starting pitcher) will soon be added to the mix.
Age in some areas. A-Rod, Ortiz, Ichiro and Ibanez are all in different levels of decline, but there's no doubt they're all certainly in decline. Catcher is also a problem, as we're left deciding between a has-been (Varitek) and a possible never-will-be (Moore). Pick your poison there.
As for the lineup, I tried to figure out how to best work it. Maybe swap Jones and A-Rod spots? I'd be OK with that, considering the seasons those two had in 2011. Also, Ichiro's OBP was terrible for a leadoff man last season (.310), but wouldn't it make the back-end of the lineup too punchless if you batted Ackley leadoff? With the way I left it, the leadoff spot is weak.
Comparison to real 2011
The 2011 Mariners lost 95 games and this team above would have a shot at winning 95. You can take away from the older stars all you want, but with that pitching staff, the offense doesn't have to be great. It only has to be good, and it's easily good enough to get plenty of wins when only needing to put three or four runs on the board. Plus, as those older guys continue to decline, the likes of Jones, Ackley and Cabrera just get better. In Sunday's Homegrown Team, I said to expect to see the Cubs toward the bottom of the rankings (when we do them). This entry is the complete opposite. Expect to see the Mariners toward the top of the rankings. This is a great team. For now.
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Posted on: March 7, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 1:37 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
The MRI revealed no tear of his strained groin muscle and the team said it would "proceed cautiously," the Seattle Times reports.
Olivo will continue to throw, but won't catch or hit.
As we talked about earlier today when discussing the Astros' search for a replacement for Jason Castro, there's not a whole lot of catchers out there. While the Astros would like another catcher, the Mariners will need one if Olivo isn't ready for the start of the season.
Besides Olivo, the team has just one other catcher on the 40-man roster and that's Adam Moore. Moore was scratched from Monday's lineup, so that's not good either. The team has Josh Bard, Chris Giminez and Steve Baron in Major League camp as non-roster invitees.
Olivo told reporters yesterday he would be fine for opening day, but players can afford to be more optimistic than front offices. Bard is the most experienced of the three remaining catchers in camp, playing in 39 games for the Mariners last season, while compiling 1,894 plate appearances in the big leagues over nine seasons. He's a career .256/.323/.387 and will be 33 by opening day.
In a quiet offseason for the Mariners, Olivo was the team's big splash, giving him a two-year, $7 million deal.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: December 21, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 5:30 pm
Nothing says the week of Christmas quite like remaking the front for the trade of a backup catcher.
But hey, Cliff Lee's signed, Derek Jeter's happy and Zack Greinke's been traded. We're left with Rob Johnson being traded from Seattle to San Diego for a paler to be named or cash.
Johnson was designated for assignment last week to make room for designated hitter Jack Cust on the 40-man roster.
Johnson, 27, hit .191/.293/.281 in 61 games for the Mariners last season. In 2009, he hit .213/.289/.326 in 80 games. He hit two homers in each of the last two seasons.
With the Padres, Johnson will back up Nick Hundley. The Mariners now have just one catcher, Adam Moore, on its 40-man roster.
UPDATE: Kind of a brain cramp, but the Mariners will have two catchers as soon as Miguel Olivo's contract is official.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:46 pm
The Mariners' signing of catcher Miguel Olivo, which was reportedly done and then not done Wednesday, is now done, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. He says the deal is worth two years guaranteed for $7 million total, with a third-year option.
Olivo, 32, batted a career-high .269 for Colorado last season, with 14 homers and 58 RBI. This will be his second stint in Seattle, where he played between June 2004 and July 2005. He'll presumably start in front of either Adam Moore or Rob Johnson.
Olivo also picked up a $500,000 buyout that the Blue Jays decided to set on fire by trading for him and then not picking up his $2.5 million option for 2011. Turns out the Jays, who are still looking for a veteran catcher as they work in J.P. Arencibia, could have had him for $1 million under market value. Toronto does get a supplemental draft pick for losing Olivo, who was a Type B free agent.
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