I don’t have anything else to add to this fray that the other blogs haven’t already said (and I am sure that I could find more links if I wanted to or had time). It’s just strange and headscratching, and I really don’t know what to make of any of it.
At first, I was happy because home runs and familiarity; then I found out that we sent John Jaso to the Oakland A’s, and I was not so happy anymore. Mike Morse projects alright, and that is great, but it would have been better, as everyone else is saying, if we had kept Jaso. I liked Jaso; I wanted him to stay, and I hate that he is going to a direct competitor, a team we play so very many times a year, no less! This just seems like a bad move, and now we have a catcher problem; so unless the Mariners are planning to go after a more effective power hitting catcher, or Mike Zunino is just amazing in the spring, well…I just don’t know.
This seems like a super out of character move for our front office, and it is a move that is losing some fans’ loyalty, and making many more nervous. Bill Bavasi will probably be the GM that all other GMs will have to deal with being compared to for quite some time to come, and I hate thinking of Jack Zduriencik in those terms. While I wasn’t really “around” for it back then, this feels like Richie Sexson to me, and while I would love to defer to my regular argument of they must know what they’re doing, it seems like there is a level of desperation in this move that we might not have had to deal with had sooner and more aggressive choices been made. But like with everything else the Mariners do and have done, none of us have a choice or say in the matter.
The Seattle Mariners need a winning season, more than anything else right now, or they’re going to lose fans; regardless of where the money is coming from, a larger screen and new restaurant (even though I am excited for both of those things, don’t get me wrong) are only going to go so far. So yeah, I hope they know what they’re doing. I really do.