The Bar Just Gets Lower
A few free agents have signed in the last couple of days, and while they don’t directly impact the Mariners, they will impact the perceived market value of talents on the roster or players the M’s are interested in.
Randy Wolf: 1 year, $5 million with ~$3 million in incentives with Los Angeles.
Randy Wolf is Jarrod Washburn with a better breaking ball. He’s a decent enough back-end starter, a flyball lefty with okay command who misses some bats and succeeds when he keeps the ball in the park. If he pitches lights out, the Dodgers owe him $8 million. If he pitches like Washburn, they only owe him $5 million. Given this signing, it’s pretty clear that the M’s would have to eat at least $5 million, and probably more like $6 or $7 million, to move Jarrod Washburn in this market. You’re just not going to be able to dump him and free up much salary.
Cliff Floyd: 1 year, $750,000 with San Diego.
You want to know what Ken Griffey Jr is worth in this market? $750,000. Floyd’s the exact same player – LH bat who can only hit RHP, can’t play defense, has health problems, and is an above average but not great hitter when he’s playing. The Padres gave him a little bit more than the league minimum to be a veteran presence in the clubhouse and potentially be a platoon outfielder. There’s no market for Junior, so if the M’s get to the point where they determine he’s the LH bat they’re going to settle for, this is about what he should sign for. Forget those $4-$5 million rumors – he’ll be lucky to get $1 million guaranteed.