Mariners Analysis

Thursday, December 07, 2006

What was he thinking?

Even Bavasi's best friend would have a hard time justifying what he gave up to acquire Horacio Ramirez. Soriano was well liked in Seattle, and to just give him away is really hard to understand right now.

The only thing I can think of if I'm in the Mariner FO is they are afraid Soriano is going to have a serious arm problem very soon. Combined with his recent head injury, perhaps they feel he is going to be an oft-injured reliever making $3 million a year shortly, and they didn't want to go there.

If Atlanta turns Soriano into a starter and he enjoys success, this is going in with the classic Lowe-Varitek-Guillen trades of all time Mariner f*ck-ups. However, I doubt Atlanta does this- he already is a stud reliever, why bother with something that isn't broken?

The Mariners just made their bullpen worse, traded away one of their valuable commodities this offseason, and have little to show for it.

We should all remember this moment when Bavasi gets canned later this year.

Hargrove coming back.

Soriano gone for essentially nothing.

It's not been a good winter for the Seattle Mariners.