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Postby Music2004Man » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:42 am

I remember thinking that this guy was a highly regarded prospect before he had injury problems over the last couple of years. I know he didn't pitch musch this year but he looked good in limited work. Does he have a chance of starting and being a good sleeper late in the draft?
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:47 am

Soriano has said that he wants to remain in the bullpen.
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Postby Music2004Man » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:51 am

Dang it. Thanks for the help Pogo. We'll see if the Mariners agree with his assessment. :)
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Thu Oct 13, 2005 11:12 am

I've heard of him as their future closer for a while now. Who knows. If Guardado doesn't return and Soriano proves himself healthy, maybe he'll be in the mix next year.
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Postby Music2004Man » Thu Oct 13, 2005 11:40 am

Is Guardado a free-agent this year?
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Postby FoolOnTheHill » Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:02 pm

The Mariners and Guardado each have an option to exercise for 2006 -- I think Mariners have to make their decision shortly after the World Series is over -- $6.5 mil. I think. If Mariners decline, then Guardado has option for, I think, $3.5 mil. If both decline, he's an FA.

Looks like Soriano will remain in the pen and Meche may join him.
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Postby Music2004Man » Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:32 pm

If that's the case it looks like the decision is up to the M's. He had a good year last year and if they don't pay him the 6.5 I don't think he'll settle for 3.5. It would seem to be in his best interest to be a FA, though there are a fair amount of closers on the market this year. I still believe he should be able to do better than better 3.5 on the open market.
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:32 pm

mcqfesijiba wrote:I've heard of him as their future closer for a while now. Who knows. If Guardado doesn't return and Soriano proves himself healthy, maybe he'll be in the mix next year.

That's what I'd always heard about him as well. I've never heard any talk of him moving to the rotation. :-?
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Postby BritSox » Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:35 pm

Music2004Man wrote:If that's the case it looks like the decision is up to the M's. He had a good year last year and if they don't pay him the 6.5 I don't think he'll settle for 3.5. It would seem to be in his best interest to be a FA, though there are a fair amount of closers on the market this year. I still believe he should be able to do better than better 3.5 on the open market.


They'd better let him walk then. They're clearly more than a year away.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:03 pm

SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:
mcqfesijiba wrote:I've heard of him as their future closer for a while now. Who knows. If Guardado doesn't return and Soriano proves himself healthy, maybe he'll be in the mix next year.

That's what I'd always heard about him as well. I've never heard any talk of him moving to the rotation. :-?


He actually came through the minors as a starter, and he started a few games when he first got to the bigs. Then they decided he'd be better in the bullpen. I haven't heard any talk of him going back to the rotation...
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