Perspective Or What Does It All MeanJuly 30th, 2011 by terrybenish
Some emerging reaction to the Fister-Pauley deal for the Ms. Fister is a guy that was in control for the Ms in the sense he was very, very cheap and a number 3 starter who was starting to edge towards maybe something a little more than that. Pauley is just a setup guy who happened to have a great season on the team that is the worst offensive team in modern American League history.
This is kind of the fulcrum in this deal. The Mariners have three hitters now: Carp, Ackley and I was going to say Smoak, but unless he adjusts and gets his foot down, he belongs in Tacoma.
Wells is a guy that was NEVER going to start for the Tigers, unless somebody was hurt. If the Mariners aspire to win the whole magilla, it can’t be on the back of a fourth outfielder from an average team. While they stick with an $19 million bunter in right field. He is not as good a centerfielder as what is here and he should not bat three, four or five. Which is what is needed here.
So this is about Furbush. He’s younger than Fister and left handed. OK, if he’s better then OK. The rest of this is just throwing players into a pig pit to see who might emerge.
So on its own if the fulcrum of the deal was to get better offensively, there is nothing here that seems to speak to this except so very marginally.
None of this touches the fiscal portion of the operation. The club is still stuck with Ichiro’s $19 million, Figgin’s $10 million and Gutie’s $4 million. They clog the lineup and the budget.
Not impressed at any level.