Rumors, Inaction, And This Crazy Market
Today, we saw Adrian Gonzalez officially get traded to Boston, Jayson Werth shock the world by taking a massive deal from the Nationals, and the Blue Jays ship Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee. And the winter meetings don’t even officially start until tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Mariners have done very little so far this winter, and there have been next to no rumors involving the organization kicking around. This can lead to a sense that the front office is sitting on their hands, and I know some of you are getting frustrated by the lack of movement so far. I will say, however, that the lack of rumors don’t mean anything at all. While many organizations routinely leak stories to local media for various reasons, the Mariners simply don’t play the same game. They don’t share information with local press in the same way as many other clubs, and this directly leads to fewer rumors surrounding the club.
In fact, since Jack Z took over, most of the moves the Mariners have made have been broken by members of the national media or by local writers in the cities of the organization that the team is dealing with. And many of them have seemingly come out of left field, as deals that were never rumored before they happened. It’s just the nature of how the organization handles themselves now.
So, don’t get frustrated if you don’t hear a lot of talk about what the M’s are working on. We never do, and they’re usually still doing stuff.
Also, given the prices we’re seeing teams pay for free agents this winter (spectacularly evidenced by the Werth contract), the M’s are almost certainly best served by staying out of these early bidding wars and waiting for the market to calm down, or simply pursuing other avenues to acquire talent. The organization simply isn’t in a position where it makes sense to be bidding against some of these crazy offers. It might not be much fun to sit on the sidelines and watch other teams add premium players, but given the costs, most of these deals are going to go south, and we’ll be really happy that we don’t have those long term, big money commitments in 12 months.
Patience is going to be a very important virtue this winter.