Okay, this isn’t so much a post as it is a thread for you guys, since Jason was the only saving grace for us abandoning you guys over the weekend.
The Mariners hold a team option for $6.5 million on Eddie Guardado for 2006. He has a player option for $4.25 million that he can opt to pick up if the M’s decline their team option. If both sides decline their options, he becomes a free agent.
What do you want to see the Mariners do with Eddie? Bring him back at $6.5 million? Turn down the option and put the ball in his court?
For what its worth, relief pitcher is by far the most saturated part of the upcoming free agent market. If Guardado did become a free agent, he’d be joining a talent pool that consists of a ridiculous amount of quality relievers. Among those are Billy Wagner, B.J. Ryan, Kyle Farnsworth, Bob Wickman, Todd Jones, Tom Gordon, Ryan Dempster, Trevor Hoffman, Guillermo Mota, Rudy Seanez, and Al Reyes. Even Ugueth Urbina and Jose Mesa get to carry around their Proven Closer cards.
Personally, I’d decline his option. If he picks up his player option, fine, he’s a nice buy at 1 year for $4.25 million. If he doesn’t, I’m willing to make a run at a guy like Farnsworth to replace him as my relief ace.