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Mariner's 2011 Off Season Thread

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  • #16
    The Astros seem to be looking to shop LHP Wandy Rodriguez. He has averaged nearly 200 IP the past 3 years and has put up decent numbers over that time as well. He will be 33 years old in 2012 but it sounds as if the Astros might be willing to pay part of his contract to unload him. I think he is an interesting prospect and depending on how much of his contract will be covered, maybe he could be an option.

    The M's have not done much yet but I in my deepest edges of my imagination wonder if they would/could get Fielder, Darvish and maybe even Wandy. Lots of money but that puts us closer to contention.

    We would have a top notch rotation, rivaling the best in the league and with Fielder in the middle of the lineup, we should score a couple more runs for them. The offense and defense would still be a bit lacking but if there could be at least an improvement, then we could be contenders come the end of the year.

    And with the Rangers and the revamped Angels in our division, we would need to do something drastic like this to be anywhere in the mix.

    Sure this is hopeful wishing and unrealistic but until it is all settled in the end, I can still dream.


    • #17
      The M's just signed Japanese Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma! They say he has a FB in the '90's and is a control pitcher with 90 SO and only 19 BB's last season (albeit in only 119 IP).

      He was the MVP in 2008 after a fabulous season, going 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA. He was sidelined last season with a sore shoulder but he says he is throwing now with no pain. Let's hope this works out! Either way, he wasn't too expensive with a, "$1.5 million base, with a potential of another $3.4 million in performance bonuses based on innings and games pitched".


      • #18
        Originally posted by Edgartohof View Post
        The M's just signed Japanese Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma! They say he has a FB in the '90's and is a control pitcher with 90 SO and only 19 BB's last season (albeit in only 119 IP).

        He was the MVP in 2008 after a fabulous season, going 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA. He was sidelined last season with a sore shoulder but he says he is throwing now with no pain. Let's hope this works out! Either way, he wasn't too expensive with a, "$1.5 million base, with a potential of another $3.4 million in performance bonuses based on innings and games pitched".
        Given the money and the potential upside, I'd say this was a great deal for the Mariners. May end up being a bargain even.
        Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!


        • #19
          Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda?

          Jon Heyman:
          The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


          • #20
            I don't think it's official yet but certainly sounds close to being done.

            Of course, I am definitely sad to see Pineda go - anytime you have a talent like that... But we honestly are getting a good trade in Montero. A Catcher/DH with good hitting skills and great power, a must have for this team. Plus he is young as well.

            And we are also giving up pitching prospect Jose Campos, a highly touted RHP. He has a lot of upside but is still a few years away. In return, the Yanks are giving us Hector Noesi. Noesi is 24 and just coming off his first season in the big leagues. He only started 2 games for the yankees last season but they say he could try and challenge for a spot in the starting rotation. My thought is that with all of the pitching we have, he won't make it.

            I think Campos is worth more than Noesi but Noesi can have an immediate impact now (though seeing the 4.47 ERA he had last season, let's just hope he improves and has a good impact for us).


            • #21
              Possible Lineup for 2012:

              1. Ichiro (RF) (hope he rebounds at least a little)
              2. Dustin Ackley (2B) - could hit .300, take some walks, learn to steal from Ich and can hit 15-20+ HR's
              3. Jesus Montero (C/DH) - A possible legit hitter, .300+ with upwards of 30 HR's!
              4. Mike Carp (LF/DH) - Decent Contact hitter with 25+ HR power
              5. Justin Smoak (1B) - Has shown some flashes of what he is capable of and if he can stay there, then we will all be happy! Just hope he can stay healthy.
              6. .....
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              • #22
                Mariners sign Oliver Perez to a minor league deal.

                I would like to extend my condolences.
                The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


                • #23
                  6.82 and 6.80 ERA in each of the past 2 seasons.... that's something to look forward to. Didn't we just get rid of Carlos Silva, why would we want to sign him again.


                  • #24
                    The top 100 prospects list has come out and the M's have 5 in the top 100. In fact, according to the crude mathematics done with the list, the Mariners have the highest aggregate score of 329 (aided by the new addition of #12 on the list, Jesus Montero).

                    The Padres had the most on the list with 6 but the 5 M's players ranked higher.

                    Check out the link:


                    • #25
                      I still think the Mariners should acquire Daniel Murphy from the Mets. The Mets need prospects and Murphy can get on base for the Mariners. He did miss all of 2010 due to injury and all of 2011 after a collision at second base in August.

                      His bat will definitely play, it’s more a matter of finding the position where he’ll do the least damage.
                      The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


                      • #26
                        There seems to be more and more talk of moving Ichiro from the leadoff spot. reporter posted the following possible lineup:

                        1. Dustin Ackley 2B
                        2. Ichiro RF
                        3. Carp LF
                        4. Montero DH
                        5. Smoak 1B
                        6. Gutierrez CF
                        7. Olivo C
                        8. Seager 3B
                        9. Ryan SS

                        Dare I say, just because I am sentimental, I think Ichiro should lead off at least for opening day...


                        • #27
                          Ken Rosenthal thinks Figgins should leadoff.

                          Ichiro no longer is one of the game's great leadoff hitters. Figgins still isn't fully comfortable as a No. 2 hitter. And the Mariners offense, for two seasons now, has been by far the worst in the American League.

                          Why not make a drastic change?

                          Wedge says he is leaning that way, and sounds intrigued by the idea of batting Figgins first, Dustin Ackley second and Ichiro third. Ackley, a left-handed hitter, is capable of driving the ball into the gaps, enabling the Mariners to score quickly if Figgins is on base.

                          Figgins, entering the third year of a four-year, $36 million contract, is a major investment — and major disappointment. But rather than give up on him, Wedge sounds intent on helping him revive.
                          The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


                          • #28
                            .259/.340/.306 in 2010

                            .188/.241/.243 in 2011

                            Is Figgins really the next best choice to lead off? Not that I really think that Ackley is best suited for the position but he may just be the best we have. Sure, Figgins at 34 could come back from 2 bad seasons but I don't think it will be good enough to warrant having him lead off.

                            If Ichiro is not performing like old (which is a good chance unfortunately), then something has to give. But if Ich can find a happy medium at least somewhere between last season and his career norm or better, then he needs to be leading off still.

                            Here is a question, since we are starting the season in Tokyo, will Ichiro be leading off those games at least?


                            • #29
                              Ichiro will be batting 3rd this season!

                              Figgins and Ackley are fighting for the #1 and #2 spots in the order.


                              I wish they had tried Ich in the 3 hole more in years past but I guess we shall see how this works out. Hoping Figgins will revert to his better hitting days with the Angels, otherwise we are for better lack of a good word, screwed.
                              Last edited by Edgartohof; 02-21-2012, 03:36 PM.


                              • #30
                                Why would you want to give the most PA to a guy with an OBP of .241? That this is even being considered as a possiblity is unfathomable.

                                Such utter lack of understanding of simple baseball statistics was inexcusable back in 1961 when Ralph Houk insisted on hitting Bobby Richardson leadoff despite his blatant inability to get on base. Despite playing in all 162 games and hitting in front of a couple of guys who hit 61 and 54 dongs apiece, Richardson with an OBP of .295 scored only 80 runs. To do it today, it is just beyond belief
                                Last edited by Joltin' Joe; 02-22-2012, 06:02 AM.