A brief call for optimism

DMZ · May 13, 2009 at 9:15 am · Filed Under Mariners 

In this year’s off-season, with all the trades and small pickups, the front office only really spent a small amount of money on their new lineup.

Last offseason’s acquisitions:
Aardsma, $420k
Branyan costs $1.4m
Cedeno, $1m.
Chavez’s ’09 costs $2m
Griffey costs $2m (+incentives)
Gutierrez, $455k
Olson, $400k
Sweeney, $500k
Vargas, $400k

All their retooling required some talent swaps too, but focus just on that for a second: the new regime’s share of the payroll, if you will, comes in at around $10m.

Next season, between Batista, Washburn, and assume Beltre leaving too, another $31m in payroll will roll off the books.


51 Responses to “A brief call for optimism”

  1. wrob4343 on May 13th, 2009 4:23 pm

    CMC_Stags, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

    BTW, if you haven’t, go read Drayer. Seriously. There’s some good stuff in there, but the bit where Griffey is pointing out his scars is awesome.

    Awesome barely describes it…

    If you view the world through the lens of fantasy baseball, yes. If you’re paying attention to value in the real world, no.

    … and I totally have to agree with this statement about the real world. It’s funny how fantasy impact is starting to give way to real statistical analysis (mildly), take when Manny went down got suspended ESPN showed some projection that had them only being three games worse than they would have been with him.

    I say all that to say that there is real impact on the field and then there are stupid numbers that mean nothing and in the real world Ichiro stays and Z gets rid of the crap as best he can. He has started off nicely, but if any and I mean any of these hairbrained suggestions are entertained all of his progress goes out of the window.

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