Just Say No To Miguel Olivo
The rumor of the day surrounding the Mariners is all about Miguel Olivo. Everyone I talk to brings his name up. At this point, it’s gone from weird speculation to “they aren’t really thinking about this, right?”
There are parks where Olivo can be kind of useful, as he showed with his +3.2 WAR season last year. As it is for most hitters, but especially fringey right-handed pull power guys, Coors Field treated Olivo well. He hit .318/.349/.556 at home and a miserable .211/.276/.322 on the road. If you eliminate Coors Field from the list of parks that Olivo has hit in during his career, his line is .239/.276/.415 in over 2,800 plate appearances. That sucks. And that’s in an average park, not Safeco Field. Olivo’s home run chart from 2010:
Where is it hardest to hit the ball out in Safeco? Left and left-center, of course. Where is all of Olivo’s power concentrated? Left and left-center.
Even if you put aside Adam Moore and the money it would take to get Olivo, he’s just absolutely wrong for this park. He’s Jose Lopez with more strikeouts, and we all just celebrated getting rid of Lopez. Olivo can help a Major League team in the right circumstance, but Seattle is not that team and not that circumstance.