A Few Notes
Larry LaRue has a few quotes from Adrian Beltre and one from Zduriencik where he notes that they have an offer out for “a piece of the puzzle”, and LaRue confirms that it’s not Ken Griffey Jr or Adam Dunn. Most likely, it’s Jerry Hairston, whom the Mariners have been linked to for a couple of weeks now. He would replace Bloomquist as the utility player du jour and be the defacto backup middle infielder. Personally, I prefer Alfredo Amezaga for that role, but of course, you have to make the Marlins trade him, so Hairston might be the better option if he comes cheaply on a one year deal.
Other stuff of interest – with the Rays signing Pat Burrell for 2 years and $16 million and Milton Bradley joining the Cubs for 3 years and $30 million, the cap has been set on what good offensive/bad defensive outfielders can command. Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn are going to have to take huge pay cuts from what they made last year if they want a job, because there are rapidly becoming fewer teams in need of a DH. I would imagine the M’s are keeping tabs on both players, and if the market continues to shrink for that skillset, the M’s could add a decent LH bat to the line-up on the cheap.
Also, yesterday was the start of the period where arbitration eligible players file their requests. We all know about Erik Bedard, but did you realize Felix Hernandez is arb. eligible for the first time as well? It will be interesting to see if Zduriencik approaches Felix with a multi-year contract offer that would buy out his three arbitration years and potentially a year or two of free agency. A four or five year deal won’t come cheap anymore, but it could still be a significant cost saver for the M’s in the long run.
Also, there’s ~100 spots left for the Q&A on Saturday with Tony Blengino and Tom McNamara. If you haven’t signed up yet and you want to, there’s still time.