Sort of Mariner related; big kudos to Bill Stoneman for the Jose Guillen trade he made today. A fantastic move for the Angels, which isn’t exactly good news for Seattle. In one fell swoop, the Angels:
1. Moved a player who had alienated himself from the coaching staff and drove a knife into his trade value by wearing out his welcome in yet another city. Guillen being traded was the mortal lock of the offseason.
2. Saved $3 million in payroll for 2005.
3. Aquired a player who should be reasonably expected to contribute a similar performance to the one he gave up at ten percent of the cost.
4. Got a solid utility-infielder prospect thrown in on top of it.
A gigantic home run for Bill Stoneman. He cut payroll, made his team better and younger, and simultaneously dumped a player everyone knew he had no interest in bringing to spring training. Contrast this with the way the Mariners butchered the Carlos Guillen situation last year, and its essentially night and day.
And yes, Jim Bowden is well on his way to breaking the major league record for worst week ever.