Friday, December 31, 2004

All Quiet On The Safeco Front

Happy New Year. We of the Mariner Nation had a nice Christmas present in the double signings of Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson. Now it's time for Bill 'Buzzy Jr' Bavasi to get us some supporting players. He's had two weeks to "scan the list of non-tenders" and while other teams have snatched several of those players up, the M's have done nothing.
One more bat, either a lefty or a switchhitter, would be nice. It doesn't have to be baseball royalty, just another line-drive slap hitter with some speed. Wait a minute, that sounds just like Randy Winn, whom we'd probably have to trade to GET that guy anyway.
So maybe we keep Winn.
Let's keep Spiezio, too. Give him a chance to redeem himself. I he doesn't, there's always July 31st. If Winn, Spiezio, and Boone all redeem themselves (and Boonie had a decent year by anyone else's standards.)
then Sexson and Beltre live up to even 70% of their potential, we should have a good year.

What we really need is a fourth or fifth starter, so we can send Ryan Franklin back to long relief. Let's bring back Aaron Sele. It was a huge mistake letting Sele go away. When healthy, the Poulsbo native is the kind of innings-eater we need to take some pressure off the bullpen. Just like Don Drysdale was with the 1960's Dodgers... sure Koufax had better stuff and better press, but Drysdale was always there, day in day out, a grinder, a gamer. Chris Bosio was like that for the M's, when he wasn't getting hit by line-drives. Tim Belcher was a gamer and a grinder, too. In 1995, when the "Refuse To Lose" M's were being praised for picking up Andy Benes to go along with Randy Johnson, it was Belcher who was the true hero, the anchor.

Sele has slowly worked his way back from rotator cuff surgery, but he improved last year to a 9-4 record, after a dissapointing 7-11 record in 2003. His 130 innings a year the last two years work out just over 5 innings per start, bu rotator cuff surgery can take a few years to come back from. Sele still has the best curveball in the business.

Maybe he can teach that curveball to King Felix.



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