Last day to offer Raul arbitration!

DMZ · December 1, 2008 at 9:00 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Rumor over at Pravda is that they’ll do it. We’ve written about this before, it’s a gimmie. He accepts — unlikely — and the team gets him back on a one-year deal, can plunk him down at DH, and pays a good rate. If he declines, they get some draft deliciousness thanks to MLB’s crazy compensation system.

Do it! Do it!

Also, they could offer to go to arbitration with Bloomquist and Cairo, if they were crazy. Bloomquist has made just shy of $4.5m wearing a Mariner uniform so far. It’d be great if they could stop giving him money.


10 Responses to “Last day to offer Raul arbitration!”

  1. galaxieboi on December 1st, 2008 9:10 am

    Bloomquist has made just shy of $4.5m wearing a Mariner uniform so far

    That’s insane.

  2. joser on December 1st, 2008 9:48 am

    Well, it’ over (parts of) seven seasons, so that’s about $640K per season (or a little less than twice the league minimum over those years).

    Of course, you could look at it as (parts of) 540 games, and ask yourself whether he was worth about $1000 an inning, or $3200 per plate appearance.

    I predict Bloomquist will pop up in a few odd places over the years (hey, look who’s the injury replacement for X on the Royals!) before fading from memory. Desi Relaford, this is your life.

  3. Evan on December 1st, 2008 9:50 am

    Willie might do well on an NL team. A guy who can play a bunch of positions vaguely adequately while knowing how to lay down a bunt still have some value there.

  4. bakomariner on December 1st, 2008 10:00 am

    It’s crazy enough when a superstar gets a contract for 120 million…that’s insane money…but at least they are good…to think that WFB has made millions of dollars for SUCKING is just mind boggling…gotta love America…

  5. Conor on December 1st, 2008 10:08 am

    Desi Relaford, this is your life.

    Except I can’t picture Willie starting his own hip-hop label

  6. Pig on December 1st, 2008 12:31 pm

    Larry LaRue says they did offer arbitration to Ibanez.

  7. Milendriel on December 1st, 2008 3:54 pm

    Quick question: What’s the point of offering arbitration to a player for whom there will be no draft pick compensation?

  8. Benne on December 1st, 2008 6:05 pm

    But if Willie and Cairo don’t come back, who does Rick Rizzs get to hype up now as the scrappy clubhouse leader? Tug Hulett? Mike Morse? Jeremy Reed?

  9. joser on December 1st, 2008 7:45 pm

    Rizzs already seemed to be getting an oratorial hard-on for Morse when he came out of spring training with that gaudy and meaningless .400 BA. And now he has the whole “come back from injury” storyline going for him.

  10. G-Man on December 1st, 2008 9:26 pm

    I agree with Evan that Willie has some value as a bench player on an NL team. As for paying him that well – maybe it was too much, but it’s nothing compared to the 8-digit contracts of a few starting pitchers that I am trying hard to forget.

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