I’ve been on Twitter most of the day today, and it wasn’t until just now this evening that I saw this little tidbit of news regarding the DFA’ing (DFA-ment? DFA-ness?) of none other than Rob Johnson. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean that RJ is going anywhere at the moment, but in this magical corner of my head, he takes a marvelous vacation to a sunny exotic locale…somewhere else. I am sure Rob Johnson works hard. I am sure that he’s a nice guy, and the fact that he was beloved by Felix Hernandez speaks well of him; but with the acquisition of Miguel Olivo, the rumored trading (or keeping, fingers crossed) of Adam Moore, and the fact that Josh Bard still lingers somewhere in Free Agent Land (I never assume anything anymore), there is no room for a catcher who can’t catch. I think I can count the number of great plays Johnson ever made on one hand – and I can’t immediately bring to mind a single one. I think one of the most difficult things to do as a fan is part with a player that you harbor no animosity toward as a person, but one that you know is detrimental to your team’s well-being professionally. I sometimes feel like a baseball player hoarder, but this one I can let go of.
We also got this Brendan Ryan fellow over the weekend. This is not a move that excites or disappoints me. We need the guy, the Ms aren’t shooting super high this offseason, this move is completely understandable. If nothing else, it gets him out of those awful socks.
I have decided that perhaps I overreacted to the Bedard re-signing. I didn’t like it at first, and I know I wasn’t the only one, but I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and at this point in time, it was probably the best move they could have made for the money. We weren’t going into this offseason gunning for big names, the payroll wasn’t getting bigger, and maybe the low key approach is truly what is necessary. I think I might be too close to the forest to see the trees at the moment, but I’m willing to look at this as positively as possible. Bedard still has to earn his keep to make it onto the roster during Spring Training, so I will give it a chance before I flip out. Same with everything else they’ve done so far. I’d rather ride the wave than fight the tide. December is almost over, and with January and FanFest right around the corner, baseball is on its way back to Seattle. Just have to wait a little longer. I can do it.