M’s Sign Miguel Olivo
I spent the last couple of days making it clear that I was not a big fan of this move. Safeco is a terrible park for Olivo, and this move essentially ends Adam Moore’s chances at turning into something in Seattle. Maybe he never would have developed, but this seems like a premature end to his chance to prove himself as a big leaguer, and Olivo is not likely to make a significant impact on the Mariners. At best, you’re hoping for something like a +1 win upgrade in a year where that win probably won’t mean anything.
Even worse, it’s a two year deal, so we’re not only punting Moore’s future, but we’re taking away potentially needed payroll space next winter. The team has a lot of cash coming off the books after 2011, but has now committed a part of that to an aging catcher who has never hit outside of Colorado. He’s simply not very good, and now the team has less money next winter to throw at someone who might be.
Olivo might only make $3.5 million, but the cost of this move is significantly higher. I’m not a fan of this at all.