This is going to be boring, don’t read it.
It looks like Milton Bradley’s year in Seattle is starting off on an interesting note. I don’t care what Cubs fans (or anyone else, for that matter) might have to say about this situation, and whether or not this is even an issue is between Bradley and the leasing company. I just find it another fascinating link in the long chain that is our new DH/outfielder/etc.
Everyone seems overjoyed about the Felix extension, including his teammates. Not that you can possibly blame them. Rob Johnson was on the Brock & Salk show yesterday, singing Felix’s praises and talking about his own road to recovery. The guys nicknamed him “RoboRob” because of his many offseason surgeries. Say what you want about Rob Johnson, he is nothing but class in interviews, and I enjoy listening to him talk to Brock and Mike. I hope he truly is recovered, and is back on his feet (or in the crouch, as it were) for Spring Training. If he was truly playing injured for most of last year, I’m keen to see what he can do when he feels better. The whole double knee surgery thing makes me apprehensive, but I’m certainly not wanting to deny him the chance. And if he’s the guy Felix needs behind the dish, then so be it.
We also avoided arbitration with Brandon League. I’m not 100% comprehending the arbitration process, but it seems strange that we should be saddled with dealing with it and a player that hasn’t thrown a single pitch for us yet. I know that there are rules and contract issues, and sometimes it doesn’t matter where the player is, but it still seems weird; like getting paid for work you haven’t done yet, which doesn’t happen for the rest of us, for the most part. Baseball is a strange, strange business.
I drove past SafeCo on my way home from school yesterday. Five players that are no longer with us are still up on the west wall. FanFest is two weeks away (in Pittsburgh, they call it PirateFest! How cool is that?). I’m hoping they at least get Chone Figgins a photo up by then. So far as I’m aware, Cliff Lee won’t be slipping into Mariners blue until the week before FanFest – how long does it actually take to get a giant plastic photo window adhesive made up and applied? Someone needs to get crackin’!
In where-are-they-now news, ex-Mariner Jeremy Reed got a minor league Spring Training invite to Toronto, while Sean Green plans to stay with the New York Mets, wrangling up a slight raise in pay. Good for both of them. I still miss Sean Green. Not to say that I don’t miss Reed’s slides in center field, but Green was relief monster, and even though I’m sure we’ll be fine, it’d be fun to have him back under circumstances that don’t require him to kill his arm every other day because we have no choice. Then again, $900,000 isn’t bad, either…
Lookout Landing has a podcast up now, which they plan to make a regular part of the blog. I have not yet had the time to listen to it, but will likely give it a shot tomorrow morning. I got to ditch my math class today, “ditch” as in “drop”. Through a misunderstanding and some fault of my own, I discovered that I didn’t actually have to take a math class this term, or any other – and this is just fine with me. Stress levels subsiding. Baseball around the corner. All right with the universe.
EDIT: I also understand via several Twitter folks that Callix Crabbe is on his way to Toronto as well. I cannot find any links to verify, but two people who follow our minor league system likely know what they’re talking about….?