For the past few days, I’ve been feeling like another shoe is going to drop; so far, however, that hasn’t happened. But this isn’t a complaint, I’m actually quite happy with the things that have happened, especially after reading this from Jeff at Lookout Landing. Jason Churchill at Prospect Insider broke the story the most publicly via Twitter, but there was also a little bird in the mix, a little bird who has some connections. So the Sherrill move was verified before it was really verified, if that makes any sense.
I am pleased to have Sherrill back in the Chex mix that is the Seattle bullpen as it stands today. Having Brandon League, Shawn Kelley, Sherrill and David Aardsma all together sort of feels like old times that haven’t happened yet. And yes, I am aware that the usage of the phrase “old times” when applied to four years ago sounds silly, but it’s all I have. As of this hour, Sherrill’s name is still not on the 40-man roster, but of course the deal is already done. I like the deal, though I think a straight $1MM would have been OK. You may feel differently, but it is a rare day when I say that a million bucks is worth a handful of innings a year to begin with, so technically speaking I’m being generous. I’m just glad to have Sherrill back. Our bullpen needs a little more character and color, and the Brim Reaper provides that, along with a lefty-killing arm. I’m relaxing a bit more about the state of the pen now.
The deadline for Yu Darvish fast approacheth, and it looks like the Toronto Blue Jays might be the winners. If they win, I’ll still be content. No offense to the National League fans, but I’d like to actually see Darvish, and having him in the AL (if not on our team) will give me a better chance of that. What can I say, I’m selfish; but I refuse to tear my hair out over it. I look forward to Darvish’s entrance into major league baseball, but he may find his work cut out for him against AL bats. I can’t get over the 48 complete games he has pitched in Japan, and I do think he’ll do well here, but there could be a learning curve for him. I’m sure that whatever team winds up with him will be quite content.
Chris Gimenez (happy, Patrick?) has come back as well. He’s signed a major league contract, which I find surprising, given the fact that we now have four catchers on the 40-man roster. I’m guessing Adam Moore and John Jaso will be seeing a bit of time down in Tacoma, or everyone will just rotate depending on batting and defensive needs. I am still unaware of Adam Moore’s present condition, so I’ve got no clue what’s going on there, but I cannot imagine he’ll be tossed into Safeco fresh out of Spring Training.
Munenori Kawasaki has won his dream date with the Mariners; or at least the equivalent of a return email from Match.com. He may actually win the date, and if he wins it at a major league level, we’ll have a Suzuki and a Kawasaki on our team. I want to crack a motorcycle joke here so badly, but I’m too tired to worry about it right now. I think the most emotion I feel over this situation is happiness for Kawasaki, who has (per Jeff’s article there) already hightailed it here to Seattle. It must be great to know that the team you want also wants you. I can only hope we are passing notes to Kawasaki under our desks by next March.
And lastly of interest only to maybe me and other Orioles fans is the signing of Endy Chavez. Like maybe a lot of Mariners fans, I sort of lost sight of Endy after this debacle (do not clink that link unless you want to be sad), but Chavez spent a lot of time on the field for the Texas Rangers in 2011, and was a 1.5 WAR guy, which is not too shabby. Hopefully he will give Baltimore some much-needed help, and Nolan Reimold the occasional rest from left field. It’s a small $1.5MM contract for a year, which seems fair for all parties involved. Orioles fans who know more about Baltimore’s payroll and needs may disagree, but I’m just glad to see Chavez still playing after an incident that initially looked like it might be a career-ender (baseball players are not supposed to flop or fly like that).
Getting really geared up for the Cooperstown trip. I’m trying to approach this event without any preconceived notions, but it’s hard. I really want to be wowed; I want this place to grab me by the scruff and shake me really hard for 8 hours. I want to be overwhelmed with baseball. We have been debating travel times and where we’re going to eat and stay for the past week. Hopefully I will have a plan set out soon, and I will be moving my Twitter widget up to the top of the sidebar here. The planned date is Wednesday, December 28th to actually go to the museum. Fingers crossed for good 3G coverage and a Hall of Fame relatively free of tourists. We have already verified that the weather should not be a problem. I can barely wait!