M’s Beat Jays, Fifth Straight, Trade At Value VillageJuly 31st, 2012 by terrybenish
Iwakuna goes eight innings and strikes out thirteen setting “Rookie” record. Saunders, Seager and Carp with an assist from Brett Lawrie put together four runs to win.
Beat guys don’t criticize team for winning games as they did with first four at KC. Sock puppets for Chuck.
Two trades: Brandon League to Dodgers for two low minor league guys, center fielder and reliever. Neither project to play in Seattle as starters. Second trade is Steve Delabar to Toronto for outfielder Eric Thames who has been on the Las Vegas-Toronto shuffle for two years.
Thames is a left handed hitting outfielder that does not defend well and has gap power and struggles against left handed pitching, or at least did in 2011. I would have greatly preferred Travis Snider who went to Pittsburgh for a thumber. You want to see a guy play and adjust, but there is nothing to suggest this means anything other than Carlos Peguero has been given up on by Mariners.
Of larger import is to consider the cost of League, both historical and opportunity. The Ms got him for a trade of Bavasi drek, i.e. Brandon Morrow. He is a free agent and has a relative high salary and is coming to his free agency winter. Wilhelmsen is better and Stephen Prior and Carter Capps and their dueling 100 mph fastballs will be here soon. So something from nothing, but not a whole lot of something.
Delabar was out of baseball due to a broken elbow was resurrected by Zduriencik last year and now is traded for Thames. Again something for nothing.
Rough counting the M’s payroll is now reduced, on annualized basis, to $55 million or so, which includes totally empty money for Figgins and Gutierrez. That reduces to $40 million or so.
So Ms are down dueling with Astros and Rays for lowest payroll pit. The strategy being Chuck and Howard get their bonus payment or the team is sold. Maybe both, due to timing.
There are no significant free agent hitters in the off season.
So Zduriencik fights on with no help from the leaders of the organization Lincoln and Armstrong.