Prediction contest: Bloomquist’s new contract

DMZ · January 18, 2008 at 7:30 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Like fellow Mariner-for-life Raul Ibanez, Willie Bloomquist’s contract is up after this season. Make your predictions in a comment, including
* date contract is announced (Mariner press release or press conference, whichever comes first). Last extension was announced November of 2006
* years
* salary only — don’t worry about signing bonuses, incentives, or anything

Speaking of incentives, fun fact about Willie’s last contract, from CoT:

award bonuses: $0.15M for MVP, $0.1M for WS MVP, $50,000 each for LCS MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, All Star ($25,000 for AS selection)


77 Responses to “Prediction contest: Bloomquist’s new contract”

  1. msb on January 18th, 2008 12:16 pm

    maybe Bob Melvin would like him to show those kids in Az some gritty veteran effort.

  2. eponymous coward on January 18th, 2008 12:22 pm

    I especially like “but he’s better than Jose Lopez!!1111!!”

    Bloomquist’s career line:

    Lopez’s career line:

    Trading 50 points of slugging for 18 points of OBP and some SBs (and a player who is likely as good as he will ever get in Willie, as opposed to someone who’s entering his age 24 season in Lopez)? I don’t think so.

    Herrin_Law, please make an argument that isn’t completely bogus, OK?

  3. DMZ on January 18th, 2008 1:03 pm

    Bloomsquist’s had a couple shots at playing regularly, and he’s been awful in all of them. I don’t know why people can’t remember that, but you can go back and look at the stretches when he was playing every day, and it was a wreck.

  4. smb on January 18th, 2008 1:22 pm

    That’s the thing, he’s been extended before after proving he can’t fill a regular role and is at best a versatile yet mediocre-to-subpar bench guy. Why would anyone think the M’s suddenly won’t want him? They’ve got commercials to film, people!

  5. joser on January 18th, 2008 1:30 pm

    Selective memory combined with selective use of statistics is a very powerful recipe for self-delusion. Though I’m sure Bloomquist’s agent is compiling exactly the same thing, you would hope it wouldn’t be quite an effective on baseball professionals as it is on fans. But who knows.

    My prediction? Well, I think they’ll try to deal him at the deadline and fail in such a way that they so piss him off he refuses to resign, vowing intead to take his free agency to someplace that better appreciates him. After remaining unsigned at opening day 2009, he’s last seen caddying for Julio Franco.

  6. kidlondon on January 18th, 2008 1:30 pm

    Cairo signing + Jones trade = Ballgame as our opening day right fielder. The M’s will do a press release on opening day announcing his shiny new 2 year/2.4mm contract.

  7. PositivePaul on January 18th, 2008 1:34 pm

    Bloomsquist’s had a couple shots at playing regularly, and he’s been awful in all of them. I don’t know why people can’t remember that, but you can go back and look at the stretches when he was playing every day, and it was a wreck.

    I tried finding this the other day — and I’m sure I’ve seen it around (here, or otherwise) — but I swear someone tracked the M’s win/loss record based on the number of starts WFB made. It might’ve even been their W/L record based on games WFB had a plate appearance. IIRC, the disparity in the W/L records between those games and the games otherwise was rather large…

  8. pensive on January 18th, 2008 1:35 pm

    In the belief that no contract. USSM slipped note that found the way to front office. They now understand dollars maybe saved.

    On another note I for many will appreciate the “Buy A Beer”, as USSM helps in a big way getting through the off season.

  9. DMZ on January 18th, 2008 1:36 pm

    Yeah, well, we only got maybe 40 beers from that whole thing, so…

    Anyway: yeah, I did a whole breakdown of the M’s record in games WFB played and didn’t. Good times.

  10. tangotiger on January 18th, 2008 1:43 pm

    How much do baserunning and minor league roving instructors get paid?

    When is the last game?

    He’ll get paid that much, on the day after the last game of the season.

    This is only unlikely if Mariners somehow manage to sign a 1yr contract for Horacio Ramirez for 3MM.

  11. MedicineHat on January 18th, 2008 1:44 pm

    I predict no contract extension. They let Willie fly off into the wild blue yonder.

  12. vj on January 18th, 2008 1:51 pm

    Tango, the Ms just resigned HoRam for just a little under 3M. Or is that your point?

  13. Taylor H on January 18th, 2008 1:53 pm

    I can see why you call yourself Positive Paul! (referring to comment 20).

    You know, if Willie is really that great defensively, I suppose we could always try an A’s style rebuilding. I’m currently reading Moneyball, and it seems like if we went and spent all our money on pitching and went out and got some power-hitters who walk a lot and play adequate defense (maybe Rondell White?) and replaced our weak defenders (Lopez, Ibanez, Sexson) with them, we’d do pretty well. If this crazy scenario were to occur, Willie might have a chance to make maybe 80-90 starts at 2B, showing the management and the fans what he can really do. It’s not as if we’re really going to be in the playoff hunt next year, so in any case, we can likely afford some experimentation. This scenario probably will never happen, but we could still see what Mr. Ballgame has in him.

    And, believe it or not, I’ve seen Bloomie homer against the Sox.

  14. Taylor H on January 18th, 2008 1:58 pm

    Oh, and he gets resigned for 3 years, 5 million. The organization just plain likes him. Does anyone have a link to his college stats?

  15. mr.smartypants on January 18th, 2008 2:08 pm

    Willie would never leave Seattle!

    3 years, 4.7 million, announced June 19th.

  16. lailaihei on January 18th, 2008 2:11 pm

    3 years, 3.5 million on June 8th.

  17. shadow on January 18th, 2008 3:48 pm

    2 years, $2.75 million announced on October 15

  18. Panev on January 18th, 2008 4:55 pm

    3 years, June 14th, 4.2 million and a pony.

  19. msb on January 18th, 2008 5:14 pm

    Bloomsquist’s had a couple shots at playing regularly, and he’s been awful in all of them. I don’t know why people can’t remember that

    Mac noticed.

  20. 116in01 on January 19th, 2008 12:56 am

    November 19th, 2 years $3.75 million extension with a $2500/game bonus for each gritty headfirst slide resulting in a crooked helmet and dirt on both jersey and pants.

  21. joser on January 19th, 2008 1:11 am

    Bloomquist gets the minimum, plus One Million Dollars (cue Dr. Evil gesture) each and every time he can do this.

    On May 7, Beltre’s heroics were on display when he launched the first pitch he saw from Rivera deep into left-centerfield for a two-out, tie-breaking, game-changing home run. The Mariners win expectancy went from 38.9% to 79.3%, and ace closer J.J. Putz came on to finish off the Yankees.

    But Beltre would never have had the chance to win the game if it weren’t for Willie “The Ignitor” Bloomquist, who has parlayed a 1.000+ OPS cup-of-coffee in 2004 into an embarassingly tenure with the Mariners. His .255/.310/.325 career line is clearly mitigated by his ability to cloud the judgement of umpires.

    It’s ok if he doesn’t, of course. He clearly has a future taking over from Ryan Seacrest on “American Idol”

  22. rea on January 19th, 2008 6:55 am

    award bonuses: $0.15M for MVP, $0.1M for WS MVP, $50,000 each for LCS MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, All Star ($25,000 for AS selection)

    These award bonuses are being phased out, due to the potential for corruption in the voting:

  23. niterunner on January 19th, 2008 10:51 am

    You bring up a good point, what awards belong to the BWAA?

    The link shows the awards will be phased out in 2013.

    How does this affect the non-direct clauses, like the ones that trigger vesting in an option year due to awards.

  24. Slippery Elmer on January 19th, 2008 4:58 pm

    “an embarrasingly tenure”

    All your bases…

  25. joser on January 19th, 2008 10:26 pm

    Yeah, I thought about trying to fix that, but I figured I’d leave it as I found it — besides, when the modifier is “embarrasingly” and the subject is Bloomquist (or his tenure with the M’s) it’s hard to decide which of the virtually infinite array of adjectives to use.

  26. Steve T on January 20th, 2008 11:06 am

    May 15, 2 years, $5.5 million dollars.

    With a MVP clause for $100 million. Hey, it’s a safe bet.

  27. lokiforever on January 23rd, 2008 3:24 pm

    July 17, 2008 3 Years, $5.0 million

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