I literally just woke up about 15 minutes ago to this news.
Randy Messenger is going to Japan. At least he’ll know someone when he gets there. I’ve never been super pro-Randy or anti-Randy; sometimes he did what we needed him to do, sometimes not so much. But he was a Mariner, and never really did anything super-lame like, ahem, other people I could name here who might now be in Kansas City, and thus shall be missed. What an adventure, though! Good luck, Randy!
As for our resigning of Josh Wilson, I’m not going to lie; I liked the guy at short. I’m sure there are a ton of reasons I shouldn’t have, and the amount of time I got to witness him in that position was not extensive enough to have a truly educated opinion, but I’m just going on gut feeling here; he made a few gaffes, sure; but it was nothing like other people that I could name here who might now be in Kansas City. I never got that sense of thisgameislostwe’reallgonnadie when Jo. Wilson was in the center hole. He wasn’t Ja. Wilson, but he wasn’t someone else, either. Even if he only makes Tacoma, he’s insurance, and that has to be the plan.
The Mariners crew is headed home today without bagging another big name – but the rest of the players mentioned as having negotiation ties with us over the past few days aren’t with anyone else yet, either. And this is obviously not the end of it. His answers in Geoff Baker’s recent article (linked above) are ambiguous and veiled, but I also don’t get the impression he’s trying to snow anyone or deflect the questions being asked, and there is still a lot of time left in the offseason to get things done. I hate that there’s a lot of time left in the offseason, but like that there’s a lot of time left to get things done. This isn’t over yet. Plus, it seems like other teams are making some really awkward moves – the Nationals signing Ivan Rodriguez to a 2-year deal comes to mind. It will be interesting to watch what else happens next.
Also, we signed some guy named Corey Patterson to a minor league deal/Spring Training invite. I guess it was for possible defensive insurance, but I’m not even going to link to the blog post on him I found while looking for fan opinion pieces last night. Ouch.
In non-Mariners news, BOOF! Bonser was acquired by the Red Sox, so it’s neat to see him land on his feet. I see no specifics on whether it was a minor league deal or if he’s part of their roster now, but good for him.