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When is Soriano going to close for Seattle?

Postby GoGoBoSox » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:03 pm

When is Rafael Soriano going to get the nod over Eddie G? Anytime soon?
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Postby J.C.Fighter » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:16 pm

I think you'll get a better answer if you ask the Mariners' management..
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:20 pm

Only in one of three scenarios:
1) Guardado gets hurt after giving the M's enough time to get comfortable that Soriano is healthy enough and can handle a closer's workload (if they're not comfortable then Putz would close in this case).
2) Guardado gets traded right near the trade deadline to a contender.
3) Next year.
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Postby sj2k » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:25 pm

I disagree, while I don't think it will happen in the next week or so, if guardado continues to struggle, at some point there going to have to pull him, and then soriano should get his chance
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:30 pm

They're not going to pull Guardado out of the closers role. It makes absolutely no business sense not to mention the fact that he's a good pitcher. Guardado's contract is up this year - if they take him out of the closer's role then they lose him in FA and get nothing in return. If they keep him in the closers role and he keeps that arm attached until close to the trade deadline then one of the contenders will overpay for him and send some good prospects the Mariners' way.
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Postby MotorCityKitties » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:52 pm

The Loveable Losers wrote:They're not going to pull Guardado out of the closers role. It makes absolutely no business sense not to mention the fact that he's a good pitcher. Guardado's contract is up this year - if they take him out of the closer's role then they lose him in FA and get nothing in return. If they keep him in the closers role and he keeps that arm attached until close to the trade deadline then one of the contenders will overpay for him and send some good prospects the Mariners' way.


Great point. Eddie has been their man and they are going to stick with him. It will be harder to trade him if seattle is giving the perception that they think he is finished. It's kind of like when I try to trade a guy that is on your bench. I will move him into the starting lineup for that day to give the impression that he is a starter and that I rely on him.
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Postby masarume » Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:14 pm

MotorCityKitties wrote:
The Loveable Losers wrote:They're not going to pull Guardado out of the closers role. It makes absolutely no business sense not to mention the fact that he's a good pitcher. Guardado's contract is up this year - if they take him out of the closer's role then they lose him in FA and get nothing in return. If they keep him in the closers role and he keeps that arm attached until close to the trade deadline then one of the contenders will overpay for him and send some good prospects the Mariners' way.


Great point. Eddie has been their man and they are going to stick with him. It will be harder to trade him if seattle is giving the perception that they think he is finished. It's kind of like when I try to trade a guy that is on your bench. I will move him into the starting lineup for that day to give the impression that he is a starter and that I rely on him.[/quote

Really depends on how much he struggles and for how long. If he blows save after save, he won't fetch $2 from other teams. And I'm not talking about auctioning.
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Postby AKhomebrewer » Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:56 pm

The Loveable Losers wrote:Only in one of three scenarios:
1) Guardado gets hurt after giving the M's enough time to get comfortable that Soriano is healthy enough and can handle a closer's workload (if they're not comfortable then Putz would close in this case).
2) Guardado gets traded right near the trade deadline to a contender.
3) Next year.

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I'll second that. If anything happens to Guardado in the next month or so, expect Putz to get first crack. If Soriano gets through the break without any setbacks, though, he should be the guy if Eddie gets dealt by deadline.
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