M’s get Brad Nelson

DMZ · January 13, 2010 at 4:22 am · Filed Under Uncategorized 

And the moves keep coming!

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31 Responses to “M’s get Brad Nelson”

  1. Robo Ape on January 13th, 2010 12:36 pm

    It’s like he never left!

  2. luckyscrubs on January 13th, 2010 12:49 pm

    I remember Dave recommending the M’s acquire him as far back as 2008. Does he have any potential to be useful or is he simply AAA fodder at this point?

  3. TumwaterMike on January 13th, 2010 12:49 pm

    So if something were to happen to Griffey, say an injury, do you hink Nelson would be called up to be the LH PH nad occasional DH.

  4. TumwaterMike on January 13th, 2010 12:51 pm

    Or does he have a high enough DTF. (Dugout tickle factor).

  5. MarinerFan on January 13th, 2010 12:52 pm

    Branyan has left the building. Best of luck to him wherever he lands.

  6. Tim B. on January 13th, 2010 12:53 pm

    Well, Nelson adds to the AAAA depth chart.

  7. Willmore2000 on January 13th, 2010 1:02 pm

    Welcome back, Bryan LaHair … I mean Brad Nelson.

  8. Arron on January 13th, 2010 1:06 pm

    It’s always interesting to see which minor league players are picked up for depth or to fill out the Tacoma roster. He played well in Tacoma last year, so I’m glad they brought him back.

    I loved that LaHair signed with the Cubs…my fiance is a fan, so I had a good time messing with her about him.

    While it’s good they are starting to get more and more depth and minor league roster fillers, I’m DYING for them to get those last two pieces to the major league puzzle…the wait is killing me.

  9. jared_kopp on January 13th, 2010 1:08 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the team out of Spring Training really – we were on the market for another bat(for the 1B/LF/DH platoon) and if he looks good to start the year – why not?

    Certainly he’s more likely to be of use this year than last, no?

  10. Paul B on January 13th, 2010 1:10 pm

    I’m guessing that Nelson is behind both Kotchman and Carp on the depth chart at first, and behind both Bradley and Griffey on the depth chart at DH.

    In a way, I kind of hope he gets a chance to play in Seattle this year. But in another way I don’t, because that would mean some bad things have happened.

  11. Arron on January 13th, 2010 1:43 pm

    I don’t think we’d want him playing any time in LF…

  12. Arron on January 13th, 2010 1:43 pm

    I don’t think we’d want him playing any time in LF…

  13. Arron on January 13th, 2010 1:43 pm

    I don’t think we’d want him playing any time in LF…

  14. Arron on January 13th, 2010 1:43 pm

    I don’t think we’d want him playing any time in LF…

  15. Arron on January 13th, 2010 1:43 pm

    I don’t think we’d want him playing any time in LF…

  16. Arron on January 13th, 2010 1:43 pm

    I don’t think we’d want him playing any time in LF…

  17. mironos on January 13th, 2010 1:46 pm

    I’m sorry Arron…what is it you’re trying to say? ;-)

  18. Mayberry RFD on January 13th, 2010 1:48 pm

    I don’t either, Arron

  19. Violinguy72 on January 13th, 2010 1:50 pm

    I agree Arron. he should be our everyday LF.

  20. Arron on January 13th, 2010 2:01 pm

    I have no idea how that happened…sorry…lol…

  21. seacard on January 13th, 2010 2:18 pm

    Oooh, a rare sextuple post. I’ve heard of these, but have never seen one in the wild.

  22. Alex on January 13th, 2010 2:19 pm

    Another backup player acquired, no big news.

    I’m also excited to see the resolution of the major league team:

    * Which SP will we add? Will it be a trade or FA signing?

    * Will we trade Lopez and go get Orlando Hudson? Two separate deals but they would be tied together.

    * Will we add another DH or LF player, sending Saunders to AAA, or will we use Saunders?

    Those are basically the remaining questions at this point.

  23. ninjasintheoutfield on January 13th, 2010 3:48 pm

    Dugout Tickle Factor…..
    Someone buy this man a beverage, hilarious

  24. joser on January 13th, 2010 3:59 pm

    Will we add another DH or LF player, sending Saunders to AAA, or will we use Saunders?

    I think Saunders has a lot of potential, but he’s a LH bat. Which normally would be awesome, but given the current lineup composition that 25th guy should be a RH bat. Plus sitting on the bench with just some “4th outfielder” garbage time with few ABs is not good for his development. So I’d say leave him in Tacoma to get a little more hitting in, and find a RH outfield bat with some speed (for PR duties). You’re not going to find a great bat, of course — we’re talking about the Hiram Bocachicas and Charles Gipsons of the world here — but at least there are more RH than LH to choose from.

    Meanwhile, Saunders is just one Bradley injury away.

    Oooh, a rare sextuple post. I’ve heard of these, but have never seen one in the wild.

    They used to be rarer, but since the octomom got all the pr everybody’s been going multiple, alas.

  25. nvn8vbryce on January 13th, 2010 4:16 pm

    They used to be rarer, but since the octomom got all the pr everybody’s been going multiple, alas.

    I think that Joser is deserving of a beer too… anyway, back on topic.

    I think that anything we can stock at Tacoma at this point is a bonus on what is shaping to be one of the best years to be a M’s fan in a long, long time.

  26. adm2009 on January 13th, 2010 6:40 pm

    Would Billy Beane trade within the division? Or, would Jack Z for that matter? A’s have an outfield surplus with Crisp, Hairston, Davis and Sweeney. I’d love to poach Hairston from them, and he seems like a good fit for what we need. Starting RH LF with decent defense and a fairly high upside bat.

  27. Liam on January 13th, 2010 6:53 pm

    We acquired Jack Hannahan from Oakland, but they were 12 games out at the time.

  28. tmac9311 on January 13th, 2010 8:49 pm

    There was a post on fangraphs a few weeks back about Coco and him blocking players around him. I’m not sure if Hairston ever caught on in Oakland, and with the 3 headed monster in the West I wonder how much Beane thinks he can compete. If he thinks he has a good shot Hairston seems like a player you have to keep. He does seem like a good fit for us, that wouldn’t cost too much.

    Also is there a possibly Saunders starts the majority of the time in LF? Bradley is probably our starting DH most days, meaning there is a hole in LF still. Someone like Hairston seems to be a better fit for that role, but I think Saunders would see playing time more often than Griffey would.

  29. auldguy on January 14th, 2010 10:32 am

    Saunders future will depend on whether or not over the off-season he has developed the ability to handle inside pitches. Last year when “they” started pitching him inside he was pretty much helpless against the tactic. Some long-armed guys struggle throughout their careers with this, but hopefully MS will develop a viable answer. (Sometimes nothing more than learning to foul off a lot of inside pitches.) As to Lopez, if the right opportunity comes along to move him, fine. But he’s still young enough (26) to improve both his plate discipline and his concentration in the field. And I for one would like to see how he does if he can make it through an entire season without having any of his immediate family die.

  30. bongo on January 14th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Brad Nelson was not exactly in shape in 2009 — at least 30+ pounds over a reasonable playing weight. In terms of both batting and fielding, he compared unfavorably to Shelton, LaHair and Carp.

    So honestly, I’m not sure what role he can be expected to play on the 2010 Rainiers, let alone on the Mariners.

    However, it will be interesting to see him run sprints in spring training. It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to post the slowest times of anyone on the team.

  31. joser on January 17th, 2010 12:02 pm

    Maybe they needed someone to be Griffey’s training partner.

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