There’s a lot of good stuff from the contributors in the comments on the Meche thread from last night. I was a bit surprised at how resounding the support for Meche was, with every single person chiming in that they feel he’ll be worth $2+ million next year. I don’t think it’s quite so clear cut, but I do agree that he’s shown enough to at least warrent a contract tender.
It appears that there is little concern for Meche’s future health, which to me is still a significant factor. The history of pitchers recovering from labrum surgery is downright terrible, and Meche is basically blazing a new trail here. He was worked pretty hard last year, and I can’t see any reason to commit to him for more than a year at a time. Meche’s injury history scares me enough where I’m not sure I’ll ever be in favor of giving him a multi-year contract. As such, I don’t necessarily view him as any long term solution to the franchise’s pitching situation like some apparently do. Even in the best case scenario, where he has figured it out and pitches well the next two years, the M’s will then have to either let him walk or commit a lot of money over a lot of years to keep him around. With no prior cases of how labrum recoverers age, this would basically be a guess and a prayer, and considering the volatility of pitchers anyways, it’s probably not one I’m comfortable making.
I just don’t see that many ways that Meche can help this club in the long term. As such, I would support moving him if the Mariners could get talent in return. And by talent, I don’t mean Brandon Inge.