Monday, boring Monday

DMZ · March 20, 2006 at 12:56 am · Filed Under Mariners 

PI: Thiel on the unfixable Gil Meche. Sexson wants to win a World Series. Johjima’s getting hazed.

M’s lost — PI version, Times version.


8 Responses to “Monday, boring Monday”

  1. ray on March 20th, 2006 1:38 am

    somebody is up late!

  2. Bodhizefa on March 20th, 2006 2:37 am

    I can honestly say I’d rather have Sidney Ponson for a million bucks than Gil Meche at any price, much less the 3.7 mil he’s making this year. Too bad Foppert can’t find his velocity. Here’s hoping we have a breakout — however small — from one or more of our pitchers on the farm this year, although I know the likelihood of that is pretty slim 🙁

  3. Jim Thomsen on March 20th, 2006 8:13 am

    KOMO-AM radio has just announced that Matt Thornton has been traded to the White Sox for Joe Borchard.

    Your basic nothing-for-nothing deal.

    Also, Bronson Arroyo and cash to the Reds for Wily Mo Pena.

  4. Tek Jansen on March 20th, 2006 8:27 am

    #3 — It is better than a nothing for nothing deal. The deal gets rid of the possibility that Bavasi and Hargrove hang onto Thornton in hopes that he simply figures it out. And Borchard is good bet to entertain at Tacoma.

  5. Adam S on March 20th, 2006 8:42 am

    Wow, Borchard sure washed out as a prospect. 12th pick overall in 2000. All-star futures game (for what it’s worth) in 2001 and 2002 and actually finished 2002 in the majors. Talked about as the Sox star RF or CF of the future. I guess good numbers at AAA when you’re 26 and it’s your fourth season there aren’t worth much. Anyone have any insight what happened to him?

    I agree with Tek. Getting rid of Thornton is addition by subtraction — and makes room for Gonzalez — and Borchard might become a useful fourth or fifth outfielder.

    Pena for Arroyo looks like a good deal for Boston, getting rid of a medicore pitcher they don’t need for a good starting OF. But where does he play — Ramirez, Crisp, Nixon, Ortiz? Is Nixon done?

  6. davepaisley on March 20th, 2006 8:43 am

    Ya think that “pitching for the cycle” outing was the final straw?

    It’s gotta be really difficult to hammer the last nail in your own coffin…

  7. Choska on March 20th, 2006 9:03 am

    The BoSox were probably looking for Nixon DL insurance, which is a smart thing since Trot is a mortal lock to spend a lot of time on the trainer’s table. (And Pena is still young so there is some upside.)

    I found an old article from 2002 on ESPN where they compared Borchard and Adam Dunn. The comparison is appropriate based on the stats. Last year Borchard hit 29 HR in 494 AB with 143 K. Dunn hit 40 in 543 AB with 168 K.

    The difference is that Borchard put up those stats at AAA. Dunn did it while playing for the Reds. Not only was Dunn playing against MLB-caliber pitching but as a Red he didn’t have the advantage that Derrek Lee of the Cubs enjoys, which is the joy of hitting against Reds pitching in an unbalanced schedule.

  8. John D. on March 20th, 2006 4:19 pm

    THOSE PRANKSTERS (The hazing of Johjima.) – Boys will be boys. (Both papers used a lot of ink on this non-story.) Rather reminds one of other inanities, such as Cuffs Caudill and the jello in the toilet bowl.
    What it reminds me of is the Kirk Gibson incident. When his new Dodger teammates blackened the inside of his cap to give him the black halo, he went home; came back the next day, and asked his teammates if they were ready to play ball.

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