King for a day
Below you are about to be absorbed into my own little world. One that I’ve taken the better half of … oh well… let’s just pretend it’s been two weeks and not the last two months, because that’s just sad.
This is strictly of my own opinion, take it at face value, which is worth nothing. I understand no one cares how I would improve the Mariners and that in general most of my theories for roster construction are really just a mish mash of other brilliants minds at work.
Be prepared to be completely disappointed. I, like many others, love talking trades. I love discussing how to make this team better simply because, My Lord they are awful this past year, but really I can’t believe they are as bad as they really are. As I’ve previously discussed my sole goal for this team is to do the following:
- A) I want to give this team a trampoline. The goal is to give them the opportunity to bounce forward from this point. Start this coming year as a 77-80 win team and give them the opportunity to better themselves to becoming an 85-90 win team. Next year starts this year.
- B) You can’t move forward without talent. I’m not just talking about acquiring talent either, it’s about cultivating and helping it grow towards being healthy and productive. The Mariners are never going to compete, let me reiterate this for everyone, NEVER going to compete again unless they can eventually grow internal talent. Doug Fister was good, Dustin Ackley is of course way better, but there needs to be less gap time between the time periods and more players. Really, what this team needs to figure out is how to grow position players and while you need to give them time you need to have the talent to step in for if those young guys fail.
- C) With growing talent it means keeping it. My goal is to keep as much internal talent possible while moving forward. This is extremely difficult and it relies on… more risk. You can’t get premier talent without giving up premier talent but you can acquire certain individuals that are available around the league for less than they potentially could be worth. This takes a lot of time and is a huge risk. But the important thing is all your giving away is at bats. The talent you have to give up to get them was hardly negligible. Bottom line: I hate giving away young cost controlled arms for risk/reward situations. There is a time to hold ‘em and a time to … well deal them. I see few moves that could should be made by dealing away any of the young arms the Mariners have collected to this point.
- D) I know Seattle fans are looking at the potential 20 million dollars and they feel like finally they can spend it. Oh they have the money free right now and it’s already starting to burn a hole in their pocket. The unfortunate truth is we can’t just throw that at the “best” guy possible. They have to spend it wisely or be doomed to repeat more of the mid -2000’s. Likewise it means acquiring talent that is on the mend that other teams have deemed “too much time to invest or too pricey due to lack of production” some call it dumpster diving others call it investing. We need to come away from this season with more money in our pockets next year. As I continue to say getting to .500 is easy. Once we’re there it’s going to take money or prospects to make that last push. We’ll discuss that more as we get into the free-agent section.
Without further ado I give you my EPIC king of the off-season post.
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I don’t know who the Mariners plan on trading this season or if they even will move anyone. I’m sure we can speculate that Brandon League, Erik Bedard, Adam Kennedy could be moved, not to mention David Pauley, Jamey Wright or Jack Wilson if someone got desperate. Speaking of desperate, if a person were to buy into Aaron Laffey‘s ERA they could have him cheap. We don’t have a ton of great pieces but they are pieces non-the-less and there are teams that could make up some interesting partners if they needed outside
I’m not suggesting that the Mariners need to trade everyone but there are scenerios in which teams could approach us and offer more than what their value is to this organization. The idea is that they could pay cheaper for say a David Pauley 7th inning guy type guy than a Mike Adams or a Joel Hanrahan.
But there are some teams in need of infield help such as the Tigers, Pirates, Brewers, Diamond Backs, Giants and even the Cardinals. Where a Jack Wilson in the late innings or a Adam Kennedy off the bench could make sense.
There isn’t a team out there that doesn’t need bullpen help… well maybe the Braves. But, even the Yankees are looking for upgrades and you can throw the Tigers, Brewers, Dbacks, Giants and even the Rays in that category too. Brandon League at a cheap $2.25 mm, plus he’s on tap for next and likely won’t jump above $5 for his next pay increase. He could return a good piece.
Then there are teams all over the place that just need depth on the bench. A few guys to fill into a specific position. It happens every year and the Mariners are in a position with those pieces.
I started doing a long drawn out list of 8 – 12 different C+ prospects that could be interesting options going forward. It was fun to look at some of the different organizations under a microscope but to be honest I developed a few favorites of who I would go after if I played the GM. Then I thought I do my shadow draft each year (speaking of which I still need to do a write up on that but I’ll probably wait until August once the dust settles and we know where everyone sits.) why not do a quasi shadow trade deadline.
So I am calling it “If I were King for a day.”