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Guardado to sign with Mariners

Postby matrick » Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:05 pm

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The Mariners released their 2004 season schedule yesterday, which includes a May 11-13 stop in Minnesota.

That trip figures to be a homecoming of sorts for Eddie Guardado, who is set to become a Mariner by the end of the workweek.

A pair of sources close to the Mariners said yesterday the left-handed reliever, who saved 41 games for the Twins last season, would sign with the Mariners in the next day or two.

"It's going to happen; it's just a matter of when," one of the sources said.

Guardado will get a three-year contract for about $14 million. The Twins paid Guardado $2.7 million last year.

Minnesota reportedly offered him a three-year deal at $12 million, but the lefty from California's central valley opted to move to the West Coast with Seattle.
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Postby Area51's » Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:15 pm

I just don't think the Mariners are really addressing their needs that well w/ their signings. Ibanez was OK, but they paid way too much, both in terms of $ and the draft picks they gave up. I'm sure they have a plan, but I don't see the genius behind it.
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Postby nsulham » Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:18 pm

Everyday Eddie with the M's?

Didn't see that one coming :-?

Interesting 'pen up in Seattle now. Does Sasaki go back to Japan as has been the talk? Guess there also goes any chance of Soriano or Shiggy claiming the closer's role. Interesting.

Sox better hope Foulke signs with them becase option #2 just disappeared 8-o
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Postby matrick » Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:34 pm

Area51's wrote:I just don't think the Mariners are really addressing their needs that well w/ their signings. Ibanez was OK, but they paid way too much, both in terms of $ and the draft picks they gave up. I'm sure they have a plan, but I don't see the genius behind it.


I like the Mariners signings so far. Ibanez is an upgrade in the outfield, and a left-handed bat with power that they really needed. Guardado is a slight upgrade compared to Arthur Rhodes as a left-handed set up pitcher. Re-signing Hasagawa was a nice move as well. However, real success this off-season for the Mariners is going to depend on if they can get Tejada signed or not.
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Postby ukjohn » Tue Dec 09, 2003 1:45 pm

their bullpen is flat nasty

Guadardo
Sasaki
Soriano
Hasagawa

all four could be dominant closers
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Postby wrveres » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:20 pm

ukjohn wrote:their bullpen is flat nasty

Guadardo
Sasaki
Soriano
Hasagawa

all four could be dominant closers



8-o wow ......

sasaki may not be around for long .... but wow.....
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Postby cardinals15 » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:48 pm

I think the Mariners are nickel and diming themselves to death on these relievers and mediocre players. They may know they can get rid of Sasaki so I qualify this on that basis, but the way I see it having hasagawa at 3 mil , Guardado at 4+ and say, signing Ibanez at almost 4 isn't a better option then going out and trying to get into the bidding for vlad at around 12 mil or so or Tejada at less than 10, and taking your chances with Sasaki, Soriano, Mateo and some other less proven relievers. The Mariners had one guy last year with 25 hr, 100+rbi and they aren't getting any younger.
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Postby tobymc » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:52 pm

The problem with the idea that the M's would have been better off spending their money on one person vs. a handful is that they have NEVER done that, and NEVER will. The ownership and leadership believe in the concept of a balanced team (whether that works or not is up for debate ====> no rings yet). I'm certainly not saying I agree with the idea, but I do believe the M's are signing quality players in their desired salary range.

And FYI, Soriano will be starting next year, that kid's a stud!
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Postby Madison » Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:25 pm

I'll go out on a short limb here and say that Sasaki will go back to Japan and Soriano will be a starter.

That leaves Hasegawa to set up for Guardado.
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Postby Nisly » Tue Dec 09, 2003 6:20 pm

Anybody know who'll close for the twins now that Eddie's gone? Also along these lines, who will close for Houston? Will it be Dotel or Lidge?
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