And Now We Feel Better

Jeff Sullivan · December 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

We feel better because the Mariners didn’t actually literally bid against themselves.

The original author, Evan Grant:

more tongue in cheek, but they had bid 225/9 and nobody came close, then went 10/240

The reality is still that the Mariners were desperate, the reality is still that the Mariners were in a hurry to get this done before the winter meetings, and the reality is still that the Mariners blew away the Yankees, who seem to have had the only other offer, but thanks to the clarification we know the Mariners weren’t just bumbling clueless idiots. Now consider how ready you were to believe that they were bumbling clueless idiots.

Remember that happiness isn’t about good things. It’s about things that positively exceed our expectations. The clarification makes me happier, and that’s a little embarrassing.


5 Responses to “And Now We Feel Better”

  1. casey on December 9th, 2013 3:44 pm

    I agree there was way too much fan happiness about the Cano signing last week – thankfully and happily we have backed that bus up.

  2. ChrisFB on December 9th, 2013 3:47 pm

    It’s kind of the same way that Divish tweeting “Z says ‘we have no intention of trading Taijuan Walker'” made me immediately think “BREAKING: Mariners accidentally trade Walker for Bartolo Colon; Beane says, ‘no backsies'”.

  3. Mike Snow on December 9th, 2013 3:59 pm

    Right, the deal wasn’t agreed until 10/240. At 9/225, Cano presumably was leaving them to wonder if he might not take 7/175 from New York instead. But there wasn’t any “higher” bid from the Yankees or elsewhere that forced Zduriencik to up the offer. Whether you consider that “bidding against yourself” is a matter of interpretation, since free agency is not literally an auction house.

  4. greentunic on December 9th, 2013 5:12 pm

    Noise. I’m surprised so many Mariner fans believed this instantly at face value.

  5. greentunic on December 9th, 2013 5:14 pm

    Also irresponsible journalism by Grant. “Oh, uh that part was a joke… yeah that’s it!”

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