Your 2007 Mariners
A random sketch of how this off-season remains to be played out, presuming the M’s have about $20m in free agent money to work with this year. Because what with the sun out, I figured you might not be depressed enough.
C-R – Kenji Johjima
1B-R RICHIE SEXSON!
2B-R Jose Lopez
SS-R Yuniesky Betancourt
3B-R Adrian Beltre
LF/DH-L Raul Ibanez
LF/DH-L Luis Gonzalez
RF-L Chris Snelling
SP: Felix Hernandez
SP: Jason Schmidt ($15m a year! Heavily back-loaded, too!)
SP: Jarrod Washburn
SP: Jamey Wright or some equally unattractive option
RPs: standard assortment of the good, cheap, and Julio Mateo.
– Yup, 90% chance Sexson not going anywhere, much as we’d like that.
– Doesn’t have to be Luis Gonzalez. Pick your old overpriced team-player chemistry-adding left-handed sock of choice. Cliff Floyd? Why not. Ryan Klesko? Nope.
– Seattle’s still the favorite to sign Schmidt, but the question is how high is the bidding going to go and how heavily can they back-load a contract to try and squeeze him and one other scrubby pitcher and scrubby LH bat into this year’s acquisitions?
This team’s not much better than the 2006 version. If at all. If not worse.
There’s even more dead salary in future years for some even worse players.
I don’t even want to do a ballpark won-loss projection, to be honest. Writing his has depressed me.