Wilkerson signed to the M’s

DMZ · January 31, 2008 at 2:52 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Updates as they happen. Certainly would indicate Jones is gone. Whee.


120 Responses to “Wilkerson signed to the M’s”

  1. Sports on a Schtick on January 31st, 2008 5:31 pm

    By itself, this is a pretty good move. $3 million for a guy who will be almost as productive as Guillen. Now the trade that prompts this trade…

  2. galaxieboi on January 31st, 2008 5:35 pm

    I don’t know if I see Wilkerson putting up an .813 OPS. Not after the last couple years he’s had. Regardless, I hope I’m wrong.

  3. et_blankenship on January 31st, 2008 5:46 pm

    We all know Wilkerson represents imminent trade doom, but there is a lot (8 things) to like about our newest Mariner until tomorrow.

    8 Reasons to Like Brad Wilkerson:

    1) For a free agent, his contract appeases the almighty $/win God.
    2) He works deep counts.
    3) Versatile enough to reduce the projected number of AB’s for Capt. Pink Pony.
    4) Because Sexson can’t switch-hit.
    5) Teammates call him “Wilk,” which sounds a lot like “milk,” which is good on cereal.
    6) On paper he looks like Mike Cameron.
    7) In person he looks Canadian.
    8) Aforementioned Canadian-ness will help Bedard feel comfortable with his new team.

  4. JMHawkins on January 31st, 2008 5:46 pm

    Dave, if you’re around…

    Where do you usually get your Marginal Wins number for players? Do you have Wilkerson at about +1?


  5. Sports on a Schtick on January 31st, 2008 5:47 pm

    In terms of run production and prevention I think Wilkerson will be slightly worse overall. Guillen was awful in the field last year.

  6. Carson on January 31st, 2008 5:53 pm

    Thwarted by the emoticon! Good stuff nonetheless, et_blankenship.

    Does Wilkerson fit better at first base or the outfield, defensively? Perhaps if Sexson gets dumped somehow, this gives the Mariners an option at first base should they decide to bring Wlad up mid season.

  7. Bender on January 31st, 2008 5:57 pm

    They say he can play all three outfield positions. Do they mean that like he’s physically capable of walking out to those positions, or do they mean he’s a passable MLB center fielder?

  8. scott19 on January 31st, 2008 6:09 pm

    At times like this, I almost wish Mike Cameron could hit left-handed — no question of who’s better defensively between him and Wilkerson.

  9. 300ZXNA on January 31st, 2008 6:11 pm

    So um, why the eff did we show basically zero interest in Geoff Jenkins, who seems to me like someone with a similar (though superior) skillset to Wilkerson? I would feel a whole lot better about this if it wasn’t for the fact that a much better option was available and we sat on our hands . . . I don’t get it.

  10. kyleharfst326 on January 31st, 2008 6:20 pm

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  11. Mike Snow on January 31st, 2008 6:24 pm

    Jenkins would have required both more money and years. If you want to say he was sufficiently superior to be worth the commitment, you might argue that, but if Bavasi is focused on a Guillen-type one-year patch job in the context of trading Jones, I expect that would be the reasoning.

  12. kyleharfst326 on January 31st, 2008 6:27 pm

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  13. msb on January 31st, 2008 6:40 pm

    Wilkinson did say all the right things about earning a starting job in the outfield …

  14. Joof on January 31st, 2008 6:41 pm

    112: I think its not so much about ruining a perfect game so much as losing close games when our corner outfielders have to chase down routine fly balls that land 5 feet away from them as the runners round the bases. And when we lose those close games due to terrible non-Ichiro outfield defense, we won’t be a playoff team. All we’ll be is a team who better not let any balls into the outfield or we’ll lose.

    And then in a couple years, we’ll be a team of Betancourt, Lopez, and Felix, and be in the same position as all the players we drafted had been traded away for a pitcher who had no defensive support, so we’ll have to sign the 2010 version of Wilkerson to a 1 year deal.

  15. JMHawkins on January 31st, 2008 6:42 pm

    Wow this is crazy

    I would rather have a playoff team with out a perfect game then have a team with a plaoff game but third in the divison.

    On the assumption you were trying to write that you would rather have a playoff team without a perfect game than a team with a perfect game that finished third in the division, I agree.

    Perhaps you haven’t read enough of the posts and comments here to realize it, but that there are a lot of people around here who think that the M’s are not a playoff team even with Bedard, in large part because by trading away Jones we will have a terrible outfield defense in one of the largest parks in the AL. Our OF defense last year probably cost us as many wins as Bedard will add. Jones would’ve gone a long way towards fixing that.

    I’m treating your post as an honest reaction to a mistaken assumption. If you were in fact just trolling and don’t care, then my apologies.

  16. kyleharfst326 on January 31st, 2008 6:47 pm

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  17. kyleharfst326 on January 31st, 2008 6:51 pm

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  18. kyleharfst326 on January 31st, 2008 7:06 pm

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  19. Karen on January 31st, 2008 7:44 pm

    #103. et_blankenship said: “5) Teammates call him “Wilk,” which sounds a lot like “milk,” which is good on cereal.”

    That must be why he didn’t sign with Boston. He foresaw the Red Sox media horde going crazy pairing him and Coco Crisp in the same sentence…

  20. rea on February 1st, 2008 4:34 am

    You can’t really comlain about this signing, because the Mariners needed an outfielder, and Wilkerson was pretty much the best option still available.

    Now, on the other hand, you definitely can complain about how the Mariners got themselves in such a desperate situationj that it made sense to sign Wilkerson . ..

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