Friday wheel of fun
Probably the most disturbing story is in the PI. “Healthy Foppert undeterred by solidity of M’s rotation”
Foppert — and every other aspiring starter in camp, including veterans Dave Burba and Kevin Appier — has to face the reality the Mariners rotation is as good as locked.
Jamie Moyer, Joel Pineiro and Jarrod Washburn are going to be in the rotation no matter what because of their salaries. Felix Hernandez is in no matter what because of his talent. With Gil Meche’s combination of salary and talent, his immediate future is secure, too.
A couple of things:
First, sunk costs. If the M’s can get more out of a rotation spot by releasing a guy making $100m and playing Foppert, then so be it. I know in reality the business side tends to tie hands, but really now.
Second, Meche’s combination of salary and talent has = diddly/squat over the last few years, so if Foppert can beat him out, so be it.
“Foppert’s one of the guys who’s really impressed me,” manager Mike Hargrove said. “I would still have to say he’s a long shot to make the rotation. I think we’re pretty set.
“Seeing what he has, though, it wouldn’t be a shocker if he made the team. A surprise, yes. But not a shocker.”
You’re set. Really. Open of March, and you’re pretty set. Even though two of your pitchers have been inconsistent-to-crappy since before you even got here. Wow. Okay.
Or, to put this another way: that those two stink-bombs have been spreading the delicious scent of sulfur throughout American League parks for years while being well-paid to do so doesn’t mean we should be particularly eager to take another big whiff to see if the bouquet has changed any.