M’s rumored to be interested in further self-harm

DMZ · January 8, 2007 at 7:40 am · Filed Under Mariners 

In the form of Darin Erstad and, though they likely won’ get him, Brian Lawrence.


63 Responses to “M’s rumored to be interested in further self-harm”

  1. C. Cheetah on January 8th, 2007 3:09 pm

    E.C. – Can you think of a better place to go to wait for an injury to happen than an outfield of Guillen, Ibanez and Ichiro? I know you probably can, but Seattle has got to be very near the top of the that short list…

  2. BLYKMYK44 on January 8th, 2007 3:14 pm

    31/35/39: Its too bad Rick Ankiel flamed out…that would’ve been a perfect platoon for him. He could’ve played in the OF and came into pitch to tough lefties.

  3. lokiforever on January 8th, 2007 3:18 pm

    46- The problem with having a stock of players and seeing whicn one sticks is that Hargrove doesn’t use his roster that way. He sticks with one guy at each position until over-whelming evidence suggests he should try something new – See Jurassic Carl. It’s simply not in Hargrove’s make-up to have 4 guys playing 3 positions and then evaluate them over time.

  4. Ralph Malph on January 8th, 2007 3:18 pm

    OK, say he’s willing to come in as a low-priced NRI with a playing-time based contract. And say he gets hot in spring training and makes the team. How is that a good thing for the Mariners, given the very low likelihood that he could sustain any short burst of hitting over a whole season (given his last 5 years of steadily worsening suckitude)?

    He has not slugged over 400 since 2000. Even Jose Vidro has been good more recently than that.

    The only good thing about having him on the team is that he might make WFB look like a good hitter.

  5. Steve T on January 8th, 2007 6:15 pm

    Making WFB look like a good hitter is NOT a good thing. We should be looking for guys who can make WFB look like a TERRIBLE hitter — i.e., average major leaguers at the minimum.

  6. JMHawkins on January 8th, 2007 6:28 pm

    Yah, more Corner OF/DH/1B. One can never have enough guys who can’t play in the middle of the field.

  7. Sports on a Schtick on January 8th, 2007 7:38 pm

    Seattle Mariners = sports seppuku

  8. bakomariner on January 8th, 2007 7:55 pm

    what’s with all the willie bashing? he is on the team to play defense and steal bases…he’s pretty good at both…you want a bench player to have 1) speed 2) versatility 3) power…he’s got two of the three…you can’t expect a bench player to be of starting caliber, or they wouldn’t be on the bench…he’s fine for what is expected…

  9. colm on January 8th, 2007 8:23 pm

    I believe that is addressed exhaustively in the FAQ:

    “The problem is that what he offers the team could easily be replaced by any number of minor league players; that he gets so much irrational love from the team, the media and fans due to his local ties; and because of the dramatic divide between the playing time his skills merit and the playing time he actually gets/people want him to get.”

  10. colm on January 8th, 2007 8:24 pm
  11. Sports on a Schtick on January 8th, 2007 11:29 pm

    Willie is simply emblematic of what’s wrong with the team. He’s not a terrible player, but there’s no justifying his excessive at-bats. The correlation between production and playing time just isn’t there. A competent organization would realize this and play and pay Willie accordingly, but the M’s haven’t demonstrated competence over the past few years and certainly not this winter.

  12. Russ on January 8th, 2007 11:32 pm

    This team is going to need a second plane to haul all the meds, band-aids and trainers needed to field a team.

    How’d we go from one of the youngest teams last year to freaking ancient in a matter of one off-season?

  13. msb on January 9th, 2007 8:29 am

    hmm. apparently Bill isn’t the only one in the pool:

    “The A’s remain interested in free agent Darin Erstad as an outfielder and first baseman. Erstad told the Los Angeles Times six teams expressed interest in him. If the A’s signed Erstad, it would not necessarily prevent them from pursuing a young outfielder via a trade.”

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