Villone signs

Dave · January 18, 2005 at 11:46 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Throwing good money after bad, the M’s gave Ron Villone a two year contract worth $4.2 million today.

Say hello to Shigetoshi Hasegawa, part deux.


105 Responses to “Villone signs”

  1. Tim on January 19th, 2005 9:54 pm

    Is there any measure on how hard or well balls are hit? That metric might be rather subjective (sliding scale?), but it would be a good guage of those pitchers who would be more likely to get outs from balls in play. By the way, I liked the discussion between DMZ and Gaelan. I wish everyone would (including myself) discuss as rationally and non emotionally.

  2. wabbles on January 19th, 2005 10:32 pm

    Well, as one who can remember when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Nolan Ryan — true superstars — FINALLY signed their first million dollar deals, $2 million a year for two years for Villone doesn’t phase me. We could do a lot worse. Every staff needs someone (especially a lefty) who can work multiple roles and be a spot starter. If you don’t have that person, then your rotation has a revolving door and your bullpen shuttles players between Seattle and Tacoma. I’d love it if all our pitchers could be like Freddy Garcia was in the first half of 2001 all the time, effective and cheap, but it ain’t gonna happen. So get over it.

  3. chris w on January 20th, 2005 12:01 pm

    By way of contrast, the San Diego Padres signed Chris Hammond for 1 year, $750,000.

  4. Swing and A Miss on January 20th, 2005 3:08 pm

    If Sele gets smacked around in the spring, he will be piching for the Toledo Mud Hens, not the Seattle Mariners. So, he has to perform. Just too many good young arms behind him not to.

  5. David J Corcoran on January 20th, 2005 7:15 pm

    Mud Hens? I was thinking Nats. Bowden loves old overrated crummy players that were good at one point. Never mind that they have a fairly pitching-rich organization.