John Hickey gives us a blog post with some good news mixed with bad news.
Perhaps that call will come from Minnesota. Sources suggest that the Mariners have been trying to clear some room on the payroll by trading left-handed starter Jarrod Washburn to the Twins.
The Twins might take Washburn? Sweet!
One deal discussed in the last week or so involved sending Washburn and catcher Jeff Clement to Minnesota in exchange for 23-year-old outfielder Delmon Young.
Ummm… no thanks. Delmon Young could be a nice buy low candidate as his stock has taken a huge hit the last two years, but the Mariners are a bad, bad fit for him. A right-handed, bad defensive OF, he has upside, but is not so much better than the sum of the M’s current group of young OFs (Wladimir Balentien, Greg Halman, Michael Saunders, Dennis Raben, Ezequiel Carrera) that they should be trading Clement to add to the deepest position in the organization. When looking at a one versus the field proposition, you’re almost always better off taking the field – in fact, I’d argue that it’s not just possible but likely that one of the five players listed in the parenthesis will be a better major league player going forward than Delmon Young.
Making this deal would do a lot of things, and most of them not good. It would make the ’09 team worse both offensively and defensively, skew the line-up even further to the RH side, block off the path to the majors for some of the team’s better prospects, and generally muck up a lot of the good work that’s been done this winter.
This rumor doesn’t make sense for the Mariners, and it doesn’t really make sense for the Twins either. See, they have this guy named Mauer that isn’t going anywhere, so they’d be acquiring Clement as a DH, which he wouldn’t be particularly happy with. And he’s not so great a hitting prospect that teams should be crawling all over themselves to acquire Clement The DH.
So, I’m just going to write this one off as one of those strange rumors that isn’t going anywhere. It’s just not a deal that makes sense, and thankfully, with this new front office, we can feel safe that not every rumor that would make the team worse will come to fruition.