Erik Bedard And Josh Fields For Two Banging OutfieldersJuly 31st, 2011 by terrybenish
Chih-Hsien Chiang from the Boston Red Sox Portland affiliate, and Triple-A outfielder Trayvon Robinson from the LA Dodgers are the incoming players.
Look at these numbers: Chiang is hitting .338 (107-for-317) with
36 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs and 76 RBI in 87 games for Red
Sox team in AA Eastern League. He has a .399 on-base percentage, is
slugging .647 and has an 1.046 OPS. While
Robinson,a switch hitter, is batting .293 (108-for-368) with 9 doubles, 6 triples, 26 home runs and 71 RBI in 100 games in PCL with AAA Albuquerque. He has a .375 on-base percentage, is slugging .563 and has an .938 OPS. Both guys are 23 years old.
Got to be excited about these guys. Very excited.
Let us look at the outfielders on the Mariner 40 man roster:
There are $24 million tied up in the first two on the list. Neither Ichiro or Gutierrez have played well this year. Ichiro is on the downside slew of his career and Gutie was the best centerfielder in baseball two years ago, but no longer looks like a guy that should hit every day.
Carp is now apparently the dh after playing his ass off and taking the spot in left field. It looks as if Zduriencik does not like him playing left field. But what do you with the other guys? Let them play on a five day rotation in left field until Peguero gets it tuned up and we can go to a six man deal?
We’ve got Ichiro jersey day coming up, if it was not today already and there are probably two or three more Ichiro bobble-head days left in August and September. I wonder if they’ve thought of an Ichiro chocolate figurine day, which would appeal to all the chocolate lovers out there. Could do that two or three times a month. They could get the chocolate figurine for a buck or so.
Jack said today he is accumulating talent and that happened today. Two guys who did not figure to play here much more, due to constant injury and a lack of talent were given up for two great hitters.
I seek not to give dis-respect to Ichiro or all of his fans when I say that he would not be playing on any other team at this point. Salary or not. It just happens this way. He has had great moments and probably the Mariners over-valued him.
It is bad enough that he is out there every day now, but there is this sense that he will be back again next year, which makes these deals pointless.