Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Melvinquist era over?

Today during his weekly interview with Softy on KJR, Willie Bloomquist was asked about his future with the club. Much to my delight, he indicated the last month has essentially shown he will have no future with the club beyond as a utility man. He spoke to the promotion of Lopez at shortstop as really being the final evidence he needed to see the club wasn't ready to hand him an everyday job. (I'm paraphrasing here, but essentially what he said.)

He said he wasn't ready to close any future doors with the M's, but seems to realize if he wants to play everyday, he is probably going to need to do it with another team.

So good news for those that shudder at the thought of Bloomquist being an opening day starter next year. I'm guessing Bavasi sees the same thing many others have seen- a player who has never shown an real potential to hit in the major leagues, and is already looking to move in a different direction.