More deals going down

Dave · December 7, 2004 at 10:33 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Okay, most of this is about ninety percent done, so if not everything works out, don’t sue me. I’ve been given the okay to make it public, however.

Brad Radke’s staying in Minnesota. Two year contract. Update: This has hit the wire. Confirmation’s everywhere.

The Phillies think they’ve got Matt Clement locked up. The Indians were making a hard push, but it appears that they won’t match Philadelphia’s best offer, which is in the 3 year, $26 million range.

Matt Morris re-signed with St. Louis. Update: This too.


24 Responses to “More deals going down”

  1. Paul Covert on December 7th, 2004 10:36 pm

    Apparently Troy Glaus has been non-tendered:

  2. Matt Staples on December 7th, 2004 10:47 pm

    If Colon could get $51 million over 4 years from Anaheim, I have to think the M’s should think seriously about matching that Clement offer. That’s not to say he’d accept, of course; although Citizen’s Bank is a bandbox, there is that whole “having a chance to win the division, perhaps even a playoff series” thing.

  3. Jeff Sullivan on December 7th, 2004 10:48 pm

    How does Jaret Wright get a contract (potentially) worth $23m, and Matt Clement just $26m?

    There’s a buzz that Milton’s on the verge of signing with the Yankees – finally – as well.

    Any word on the Morris contract value?

  4. Scott on December 7th, 2004 10:51 pm

    Any word if M offered Villone arbitration or not?

  5. Paul L. on December 7th, 2004 10:58 pm

    Time to trot out the cliches.

    “We tried really hard, but in the end we came up just short”
    “We really wanted him, but we didn’t want to spend that much money up front, which would tie our hands later”

    la la la

  6. Jim Thomsen on December 7th, 2004 11:31 pm

    Henry Blanco is getting $1.35 million a year … remind me for what again? Just think what Rod Barajas would have fetched in this whackbag market.

  7. James L. Crockett on December 7th, 2004 11:44 pm

    If your existence included watching Paul Bako playing every fifth day, you’d realize why $1.35 million is a pittance.

  8. Jon Wells on December 7th, 2004 11:59 pm

    Hopefully this is good news for M’s fans — the Twins offered arbitration to Corey Koskie and will be compensated with draft picks by the team that signs him (if Minnesota doesn’t keep him). Hopefully this makes it less likely that Seattle will sign Koskie…

    It was pretty much a certainty that the Angels weren’t going to offer arbitration to Glaus. They’d have had to pay him $9 mil in arbitration if he accepted. They already have a replacement (McPhereson) and couldn’t take the chance that he’d accept.

  9. basebliman on December 8th, 2004 12:00 am

    Dang it! I really wanted them to get Clement! Oh well, maybe they will just let the rotation be and hone in on the “Belts” now! I know I’m dreaming, but aside from Clement possibly signing, this is great news! Just stay the hell away from Jon Lieber, Bavasi!

  10. joebob on December 8th, 2004 12:09 am

    The only guy left on the free agent market that I would offer a serious contract to is Odalis. Given that, does anyone think that the mariners could make a serious run at one of Oakland’s big three?

  11. Grant on December 8th, 2004 12:11 am

    The M’s did offer Villone arbitration, hopefully he declines and we get a draft pick.

  12. joebob on December 8th, 2004 12:13 am

    The only pitcher rather…

  13. Jurgen on December 8th, 2004 12:19 am

    Wright’s a great gamble on a club with a solid track record of handling promising arms. (Like, say, Atlanta.) But with Mel as pitching coach New York is not that club.

  14. Shoeless Jose on December 8th, 2004 12:21 am

    Well, supposedly Hudson’s head is highest on the totem. But “you don’t trade in your division,” especially starting pitchers, especially one of your big three. If Beane actually offered him to the Mariners for anything other than an outrageous price, I’d assume there was a health problem they weren’t telling anybody about.

  15. Jon Wells on December 8th, 2004 12:43 am

    Yes it’s now been confirmed that they’ve offered arbitation to Villone with Bavasi saying that the difference between what Villone wants and the club’s offer isn’t “unreasonable” and that the difference is money, not years. Really the best thing that can come out of offering Villone arbitration and/or re-signing him is that Scott Boras is Villone’s agent and hopefully it helps us get Beltran, Beltre or Drew (who was not offered arbitration by Atlanta).

    The Dan Wilson deal is one year for $1.75 million so it’s actually less per year than Tony Womack’s getting.

    Some interesting comments from Bavasi at the link below, among them:

    Bavasi wouldn’t confirm which players have been contacted by the Mariners but said: “We have offers out to several players and we’ve had discussions deep into dollars and terms.”

    “What we’re trying to do is get a little bit greedy and get more than one,” Bavasi said. “Then if we can get two, can we get three? We’ll try to spread this across the club as broadly as we can.”

    “I don’t want to use the word ‘frantic,’ but we will be very, very active in talking to players and talking to clubs (at the winter meetings),” he said. “But I don’t think my opinion is different from any other clubs.”

  16. David on December 8th, 2004 8:31 am

    #8 – considering the Mariners’ moves in the past, I’d say the compensatory draft pick makes it more likely we land Koskie.

    too bad about clement, though it seemed there wasn’t much interest from the M’s in the first place.

  17. Adam T on December 8th, 2004 9:43 am

    Matt Morris – 1 year $2.5 million with performance incentives.

    He can make an additional $4.5 million.

  18. dsc on December 8th, 2004 10:48 am

    Clement to the Phils? Where’d you get that source? Word here in Philly is that the Phils have signed Lieber today with an announcement later.

  19. Lefebvre Believer on December 8th, 2004 11:02 am

    “What we’re trying to do is get a little bit greedy and get more than one,” Bavasi said. “Then if we can get two, can we get three? We’ll try to spread this across the club as broadly as we can”

    One positive I take out of this is that after the initial Glaus or Delgado or Sexson impact signing, that they will stay in the hunt for one of the Belt brothers.

    This is also looking like a bad year to be in need of pitching and the smart move might be to take a pass given the market.

  20. Matt Williams on December 8th, 2004 11:11 am

    dsc Leiter has been signed by the Marlins.

  21. Matt Williams on December 8th, 2004 11:13 am

    Ok, I need a reading comprehension class. I swear I saw a t in there.

  22. Drew Michaels on December 8th, 2004 12:38 pm

    Matt Clement to Philadelphia? Any update?

  23. Perconte on December 8th, 2004 12:52 pm

    Dang, I was hoping the Ms would get Clement. Of course, I was thinking he would go for a little less. Why do we have more interest in Wright than Clement?! I don’t get it.

  24. Wsumojo on December 8th, 2004 9:56 pm

    “What we’re trying to do is get a little bit greedy and get more than one,” Bavasi said. “Then if we can get two, can we get three? We’ll try to spread this across the club as broadly as we can.”

    YOU better be greedy!!!! No one player will make this wreck of a team a contender. Good god one signing isn’t going to get it done, he better be talking about the likes of A type free agents too and then a couple B’s if more than one A type doesn’t get signed.

    Hopefully he isn’t talking about Wilson as one, Villone as two..and then nobody as three cuz we’d be getting too greedy, wouldn’t want that cuz it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the league (oh wait, Melvin’s gone, so hopefully that philosophy is no longer here)… 😉