Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Winter meetings started

The Mariners have kicked off the winter meetings my signing the nomad outfielder Jose Guillen. Jose has put up some ok numbers over the years. Three out of his last five years he was able to clear 20 dingers. I am not sure that makes him a power hit, but hopefully, if he can remain healthy, should add some pop to our lineup…some. Here are a few of his career stats.

Yr

Team

G

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

AVG

1997

Pirates

143

498

58

133

14

70

0.267

1998

Pirates

153

573

60

153

14

84

0.267

1999

Pirates

40

120

18

32

1

18

0.267

1999

D-Rays

47

168

24

41

2

13

0.244

2000

D-Rays

105

316

40

80

10

41

0.253

2001

D-Rays

41

135

14

37

3

11

0.274

2002

D-Backs

54

131

13

30

4

15

0.229

2002

Reds

31

109

12

27

4

16

0.248

2003

Reds

91

315

52

106

23

63

0.337

2003

A's

45

170

25

45

8

23

0.265

2004

Angels

148

565

88

166

27

104

0.294

2005

Nationals

148

551

81

156

24

76

0.283

2006

Nationals

69

241

28

52

9

40

0.216


The Manny craze has hit Seattle...again. Last year they were "in the running" to acquire Manny and the same is being said this year. Chances are he will remain in Boston. This "Manny Show" gets a bit tiring for us non-Sox fans. Something about a three way trade with San Fran-Boston-Seattle. The Sox get a "closer" in Soriano, the Giants get Sexson and the M's receive Manny. I don't think this is going to happen.

Looks like the Cubs are out of the Schmidt sweepstakes taking place. They are going after the more affordable Ted Lilly. For Schmidt, the Dodgers and Mariners seem to be leading the pack. I am not a huge fan of Schmidt, I think he is good; however, he has had some recent arm trouble. Plus, he has been an NL pitcher his career. The Lewiston, ID native is having his ”glory years” with the Giants so far possessing a 78-37 record.

Other names the M's have shown interesting in:
Jason Jennings COL Starting pitcher
John Thomson ATL Starting pitcher
Rodrigo Lopez BAL Starting pitcher

None of those names have impressive records. Jennings, in my opinion, has the most promise with a close second being Lopez. With that said, I don't think that any of those 3 names fill the void that Seattle is looking for a solid starting pitcher, at least on paper.

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