Red hot Mariner news for Thursday

DMZ · March 1, 2006 at 11:49 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The Raul Ibanez signing is official. (Brock, TNT, Hickey , PI)

“There is really a very limited supply of left-handed hitters of Raul’s caliber,” Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi said. “He hits with men on base, hits both left-handers and right-handers and has a stroke that is a great fit for our ballpark. That’s before you even consider his leadership and character.”


The PI quotes the price at $5.5m each year for those two years, which is what was originally reported when Finnigan broke the story in the Times.

Meche is happy with his location. (Brock, TNT)
Jeff Harris wants to pitch. (also Brock, TNT)


16 Responses to “Red hot Mariner news for Thursday”

  1. JMB on March 2nd, 2006 1:00 am


  2. eponymous coward on March 2nd, 2006 1:05 am

    Yeah, the limited supply of left handed hitters corner OFers/DHs who can get .350 OBP/.450 SLG was something I noticed, too.

    Granted, other teams can find them, but they didn’t spend years drafting incompetently.

  3. Goob on March 2nd, 2006 1:06 am

    I would like to echo JMB’s thoughts while also adding a subtle hissing noise!

  4. Mr. Egaas on March 2nd, 2006 8:39 am

    Least it’s not a Randy Winn deal.

  5. Mike G. on March 2nd, 2006 9:01 am

    Well if Raul breaks down, they’ve DFA’d players who had a lot more money coming to them. And plus, HE’S A GREAT GUY.

  6. Adam S on March 2nd, 2006 9:33 am

    The killer for me isn’t so much that overpayment, it’s that we’re blocking Floyd and Jones and maybe Tui as well as the opportunity to sign/trade for that left-handed sock we could plug in at DH/LF.

  7. jtopps on March 2nd, 2006 9:46 am

    Floyd? Do you mean Doyle?

  8. chico ruiz on March 2nd, 2006 12:01 pm

    Slightly off topic, but there’s an article at Baseball Prospectus today on the M’s health outlook for the upcoming year. While it’s pretty positive regarding the position players (Sexson looks good!), the prognosis for the rotation is godawful. Jamie’s the only starter to whom they give a better than 50/50 chance of avoiding the DL, and they’re not impressed with anybody waiting in the wings, either.

  9. DMZ on March 2nd, 2006 12:10 pm

    There’s not a lot that’s off-topic for a news-of-the-day thread.

  10. msb on March 2nd, 2006 12:37 pm

    #8– ok, so where is the line drawn? When does an organization’s work with a pitcher cross from overuse or PAP to the comment from Thomas Gorman and Will Carroll about Felix, that “It doesn’t help that he’s been babied” by Seattle?

  11. Dave on March 2nd, 2006 12:42 pm

    The Team Health Report on the M’s was a landmine of inaccurate information, a lack of knowledge about the team, and a mix of author bias tossed in just for kicks.

    As an article, it would be do a real nice job of keeping your house warm if you lit it on fire.

  12. msb on March 2nd, 2006 12:47 pm

    Corey Brock blogs about Felix in today’s charity game

    Kirby Arnold does a play-by-play of the first 27-out drill of spring

    Jim Lefebvre is coaching the Chinese WBC team

    and finally, stealing from Batgirl (again), captions anyone on this shot of Ichiro! in Japan?

  13. msb on March 2nd, 2006 12:50 pm

    #11– and re: the article, it isn’t “playing the innuendo game” if you flat out say someone tested positive for and admitted steroid use 🙂

  14. DamienRoc on March 2nd, 2006 1:17 pm

    Can we hope that a number of moves by other teams will make this a good deal in retrospect?

    Then again, if everyone signs aging, powerless outfielders for too much money it doesn’t mean we did good by signing one for less first.

  15. Adam M on March 2nd, 2006 6:54 pm

    10 – Can you explain Carroll’s comment? What is the problem with babying somebody Felix’ caliber – or anyone’s caliber for that matter? It’s not like the M’s are going to contend this year, no many how many innings they wring out of Felix. What pitcher(s) of note were wrecked by babying – Rick Ankiel?

  16. Jeff Sullivan on March 2nd, 2006 10:28 pm

    The babying thing was a typo.

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