Tavish wrote:Holy crap, you don't really care much for anyone on the team do you BP?
It's not that I don't care for anyone on the roster, it's just that it was a terribly constructed team. I love Felix. The kid has probably the best raw stuff in MLB and at some point will be the best pitcher in baseball. He's been throwing way too many fastballs so far this year though and it's gotten him in some trouble. But when he figures it all out, watch out. People forget that he's barely 22. He's going to be great for a long time and I hope he retires a Mariner.
Besides him, as far as regulars go I like Bedard, Ichiro, Beltre, Putz, Jose Lopez, Johjima, Balentien, and Ibanez. But I'm also a realist. If Bedard and Beltre aren't going to re-sign, then trade them ASAP for prospects. Ibanez is almost 36 and can't play LF and can't hit LHP. He will not be useful at all by the time we're legitimate contenders again so you might as well move him for something. I love watching Ichiro play but again, if you can get some good prospects for him then he might be more valuable as a trade chip. Putz is the same way. Good deal for a great reliever, but if you can get good prospects for him then do it. Joh is fine when he's hitting but if someone wants him then move him. Balentien could be very good in the right park but I think Safeco will kill him as a RH pull hitter. I'm fine with giving him some time to see what happens though.
I just don't see the point in spending money on guys when you're going nowhere. Especially if by the time you're going somewhere, those guys could well be in some other city anyway.
As for the rest, Betancourt is overrated defensively and not a good hitter. Vidro is perhaps the worst DH of the last 10 years. Sexson is a joke. The rotation outside of Bedard and Felix is crap (that costs $30M a year no less). There are some good arms in the pen and they're all young and cheap so that's good (Morrow has been flat-out nasty lately though I'd still like to see him starting). Clement is definitely worth a long look and there's also some other good young talent in the system but they need time (and boy do I still wish we had AJ, Sherrill, Tillman, Mickolio, and Butler in the fold).
Really what I want to see more than anything is a GM come in with a plan to right the ship. I don't want to see them keep taping inner tubes and life rafts to the side of the damn boat to try to keep it afloat for one more year. Billy Beane said that "you're either building something special or you have something that's special. In between is no-man's land." Unfortunately the M's are stuck in no-man's land and have been for like the last 6 years. I'm tired of it. With the fans, the ballpark, the revenue streams, etc. that they have there's no excuse for it. We just lack visionary leadership (and that extends further than the field and general managers) and it's very disappointing. Just think what Josh Byrnes or Mark Shapiro or Billy Beane could do with a $120M payroll... There are guys out there who can turn it around sooner rather than later and I'd just love to see it.