Because we’re going to get deluged with “Now what?” posts, I get to throw a little rain on the parade of those who have dreams of Beltran or Drew dancing in their heads. The M’s offseason is, for the most part, over. They’ll probably make a trade to clear the logjam in the outfield and remove a bit of payroll and hope to bring an arm in return. They’ll make a short pitch to several lower tier free agent pitchers. The core of the roster, though, is done. With a few minor tweaks, we’re looking at our 2005 Mariners. Beltran and Drew aren’t in the plans.
I’ve got so much work to do that I probably won’t be posting much the next two days. If you’re coming to the Feed (which now should be the most enjoyable five hours in Redmond’s history) on Saturday, we’ll cover all the bases then, and I’ll resume normal posting patterns next week.