Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hideousness Returns to the Mariners

It was too good to be true...

Here's what recent developments are bringing down my offseason Mariners high:

* Carlos Silva sucking

Actually, that's not anything new. He's thinner by 30 pounds but still terrible. Watching him implode in the WBC and against the Angels this weekend only reaffirms how terrible that 4-year, $48 million deal was. Thanks Bavasi.

* Jeff Clement going down to AAA

He has defensive problems, sure. But Jeff has nothing to prove by dominating minor league pitchers again. And if Clement ends up struggling in Tacoma it'll tank his trade value. There's no reason he shouldn't be getting at-bats as a DH or catcher in the big leagues for Seattle -- Kenji Johjima's hideous contract be damned.

* Brandon Morrow converting to a full-time closer

He'll probably be a great closer. He could've been a very good starter. Starters are much, much, much more valuable than closers. The Mariners had a plethora of interesting arms (including Tyler Walker, who they released today) that could hold down the closer position this year. Instead it looks like the Morrow experiment is moving onto the ninth.

* Seattle signs Joshua Fields

After months of holding out the former Georgia Bull closer and Scott Boras client signed with the M's. If Seattle had failed to sign him it would have an extra first-round pick for the June amateur draft. Instead Fields is essentially the second closer the Mariners have drafted two closers over the past few years.

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