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Mariners Hoping Jesus Can Be a Prince

Make no mistake, I wanted Prince Fielder in a Seattle Mariners uniform.

Justin Smoak

That being said, I’m okay with Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik not opting for the big dough that snagged Fielder for the Detroit Tigers. I guess as a lifelong M’s fan, I’ve seen Kevin Mitchell not hit HRs in the Kingome, and Richie Sexton and Adrian Beltre never come close to the power numbers they displayed with other teams. Now Fielder may be different, but the reality is that I think it’s too high a price-tag. Fielder may have several good years in front of him, but a 9-year commitment and still needing to sign your own guys like Felix Hernandez in a few years leads to an awful lot of issues. I’m tired of hearing people say the M’s didn’t try to get him. They have no idea that’s true. It’s not like they can run to the store and pick him up! Outside of money, why would he want to be here? The Mariners are at least a couple of years away from contending again; they are young; the ball park is huge and hitting HR’s isn’t easy; the cold makes it worse for the first 3 months… You get the picture. In Detroit, they are already contending and they have a hitter friendly park. He may be there ticket over the top now.

I like Jesus Montero and I’ve never seen him play. The guys who know a lot more about baseball rave about him. Who cares if he isn’t that much of a defensive catcher. We haven’t had stellar backstop work since Dan Wilson hung up the spikes. The kid is 22 years old. As long as he can keep the ball in front of him, throw the ball back to the pitcher, and keep runners halfway honest, I can live with it as long as it comes with .330, 30 HR’s, and 120 RBIs! If Montero can be anywhere near the lofty status people project for him, comparing him to mashers like Frank Thomas and Miguel Cabrera, then the M’s may have their own “prince” locked up for the next 6 years. Time will tell.

At this point, I actually find myself excited to watch Montero, Justin Smoak, Mike Carp and Dustin Ackley for a full season. Spring always brings hope eternal, right? It just might need to be hope in 2013 or 2014. I’d settle for a anything better than a lousy .233 batting average and .292 on base percentage. THAT  would at least keep me watching more games. And, it would lead to more wins – something the Mariners organization, Jack Zduriencik, and Manager Eric Wedge desperately need!

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 

So Long Cliff…Nice work Jack

Let’s hand it to Jack Zduriencik.

He gets close to a deal with the Yankees today for Cliff Lee, toys with them while they are visiting our fine city, and then lands them on their butt by pulling the carpet out from under them. Trader Jack’s trade of Lee to the Rangers on the surface is brilliant. Here’s why…

1 – He trades them to Texas, who we have zero chance of catching this year. Texas has zero chance of re-signing Lee because of their financial woes. Lee will not haunt our division unless he signs with Anaheim.

2 – We get two former first-round picks. Justin Smoak is regarded around the league as a “can’t miss” at 1B. Yes, I know some can’t misses turn into misses, but at this point he looks like a great fit. Blake Beaven is pitching very well on the farm for Texas and could be a decent starter for the M’s. Throw in 3 other players and if even one of them pan out, it’s a bonus.

3 – The Yankees don’t get him.

4 – He might beat the Yankees in the playoffs.

5 – Back to the M’s – we have very good pitching still left and expecting more help from Erik Bedard.

6 – It’s better than 2 draft picks had we kept him. Yes, I advocated keeping him when we were talking about a bunch of minor leaguers. Smoak can play now and Beaven next year. Our boy Dustin Ackley should be up at the end of the year and playing in 2011. I like what Saunders has done. There is hope.

I would expect Russ Branyan to be the full-time DH now and hopefully next year. The Milton Bradley and Casey Kotchman experiment is over.

I for one am anxious to see Smoak play. I hope Don Wakamatsu gives him plenty of AB’s regardless of what he does. We need Him, Saunders, Josh Wilson, and hopefully Adam Moore when he gets back to be ready for 2011. Spring training only 7 months away!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

King Felix Staying in Seattle

Felix Hernandez

ESPN is reporting that Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has signed a 5-year deal with the club – read the story.

This continues to show the brilliance of Jack Zduriencik:

  • No talk next year of “if” Felix will be re-signed.  Huge distraction just swept from the table.
  • There appears to be money left over to try and keep Cliff Lee in town after next year.  Only one superstar pitcher to deal with now.
  • It shows Felix that he is respected here. His deal got done first.
  • It is continued evidence of this management and ownership being committed to the fans.
  • They end up paying less than they would have and Felix gets security against a major injury. A true win-win.

Why do a feel like a Mariner revival is just around the corner…maybe even next year?

Extra Points:

  • John Schneider, former Green Bay executive, is the new Seahawks GM.  What happened to Floyd Reese?

Dan

The Daily Dan 12 Days of Christmas

(with apologies to the fine 16th century songwriters who penned this classic)

On the first day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me…Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the second day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me…Cliff Lee is now a Mariner and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the third day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, the Seahawks need a GM, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Husky hoops to the Big Dance, the Seahawks need a GM, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner,

and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

Merry Christmas!

Bye, Bye Brandon

Jack Zduriencik keeps ’em coming.

Brandon Morrow seemed like a lost cause in Seattle.  His inconsistency, bouncing back from starter to bullpen, and the inevitable comparisons with University of Washington star and two-time CY Young Award winner Tim Lincecum made this the only thing to do.

Here’s really what made him expendable, though. Next year’s probable starting rotation:

1 – Felix Hernandez (R)

2- Cliff Lee (L)

3 – Ryan Rowland-Smith (L)

4 – Ian Snell (R)

5 – Pick from Luke French (L), Jason Vargas (L), and Doug Fister (R) – These guys showed enough promise last year to give them a shot at duking it out for the last spot.

The pitcher we picked up, Brandon League, can help shore up the bullpen, especially if Sean White isn’t fully recovered from surgery.

In the course of about 3 days, Trader Jack has eliminated the two biggest pitching enigmas on the team.  Seahawks, are you watching?

Dan

Monday Morning QB #2 – Time to blow up the Hawks…

1 – It’s clear after yesterday’s debacle, that it’s time to  blow the Seahawks up. Mike Holmgren will not return in any capacity, the team is looking for fresh blood at the GM position, and it’s now time to begin re-building. This is clearly not about effort as many of you may think. This is about one word – talent. Or, lack thereof. Yes, there may be a few who aren’t putting forth their optimal effort. On a 53-man team, that’s inevitable. But the bottom line here is that this time has no talent on the offensive or defensive lines, no consistent depth, and not enough nasty. Other than Max Unger, Ray Willis, and Brandon Mebane, it may be time to overhaul the entire lot…now.

2 – Do we expect any more Christmas gifts from Trader Jack? Jack Zduriencik let us open a lot of packages early last week by delivering Chone Figgins, Cliff Lee, and Milton Bradley. This Mariners team, who like the Hawks were in rebuilding mode just 14 months ago, are now in championship contender mode. You heard me.  Why limit our dreams to a divisional championship. Jack says he’s not done and I believe him. Take what we’ve added to an 85-win team and there is no reason to believe that if we hit the playoffs, we can’t contend for a World Series. What a way to send Junior out, right?  This is a Spring Training that I can’t wait to start!

3 – Steve Sarkisian and his staff are 6 weeks away from announcing their Class of 2010 recruits, led by Nick Montana.  If Team Sarkisian is going to make a lasting legacy on this program, it begins with recruiting. Should be fun to watch the weeks unfold.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions. Let ’em rip!

Dan

The Case Against Mike Holmgren

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a HUGE Mike Holmgren fan. I was terribly disappointed when I learned that he was stepping down as head coach last year.  You don’t replace a legend quickly or easily (see Lou Piniella and the Mariners).  That being said, I wasn’t in favor of bringing him back as General manager or President of the club.  It sounds today, like the Seahawks share that view and “The Big Show” will be headed for Cleveland ant banks of Lake Erie, not the Puget Sound.

Here’s my case:

1 – Holmgren immediately becomes the best coach in the building. That puts a tremendous amount of undue pressure on Jim Mora. He needs to be given a fair opportunity to succeed without a call going out from the 12th Man for Holmgren to return to the sideline after every loss. His mere presence creates unease.

2 – I lived through the Tom Flores debacle. Flores was a two-time Super Bowl winning coach with the Raiders. He came into the President and General Manager position for the Hawks in the late 80’s. Next thing you know, a little adversity and Chuck Knox is shown the door and Flores is back on the field. I don’t need to remind Seahawks fans how THAT turned out. Flores may still have been a good coach, but he was a crummy GM and did himself in. I’d hate to have that legacy for a guy who should be revered her forever.

3 – I’m not sold that Holmgren can do the job well. He was okay in tenure before Tim Ruskell came in. He said he learned from his mistakes and I’m sure he did. I don’t think this team can take the chance.

4 – We need to take a page from the Mariners and Huskies.

We need fresh blood.

When the M’s hired a no-name (in fact hard to say name) out of Milwaukee, everybody said “Who?” When new GM Jack Zduriencik hired a no-name to manage the team, Mariners Nation screamed, “Who?” A year later, Jackie Z and Don Wakamatsu are heroes and the Mariners are the darlings of the town again.  Wakamatsu was a guy who was very familiar with the AL West, having had working relationships with all the other clubs.  That was a big deal because he understood our competition and what it takes to win the division.

Scott Woodward and the Huskies went and grabbed Steve Sarkisian from the best program in the conference. He knows the competition. He had experience recruiting the area. It was a big deal.

I’d love to see the Hawks make a play for Arizona Cardinals Director of Player Personnel, Steve Keim. By all accounts, this guy is an up and comer in the NFL. He’s been part of the resurgence of the best team in our conference.  He’s new blood.

Maybe there are other “diamonds” out there like Trader Jack was for the M’s.  We need to look.

Mike, thanks for the memories. You were the best coach in this franchise’s history and that will never be taken away. Good luck in Cleveland.

Tod  Leiweke…time to bring in new blood and take a page from your buddies the Mariners and Huskies. Worked pretty well for them.

Dan

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