Where Were The Mariners On Adrian Gonzalez Deal?August 26th, 2012 by terrybenish
Now that the Mariners were non-players in the Adrian Gonzalez derby and really can you imagine? They would have received Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, some $40 mm a year in budget, in fact only $22 above this year’s with Ichiro money gone which would have put them below the 2009 Mariner budget.
All of those guys would do well in Safeco, two left handed bats, a great center fielder and gap hitter and a chance for Josh Beckett to win a Cy Young (this deal and park would have been ideal for him). Adrian Gonzalez would have been perfect here, his splits against Seattle suck, so his stats would go up. Anybody would be better than Smoak and their are no free agent guys, so if the Ms are to get better it will be through dumpster diving for cuts.
The Dodgers gave nothing back to the Red Sox, Loney a minor league pitcher rehabbing from TJ surgery and a middling arm. The Mariners could certainly have beat that with some actual prospects.
It suggests more than anything that the Mariner ownership has no interest or trust in their baseball executives or any baseball executives for that matter, which suggests sale of the team to me real soon.
It also suggests rank stupidity. Can you imagine what would have happened to attendance and TV ratings and thus revenue? Would have dwarfed the cost. Over a season 500,000 more in attendance is worth $40,000,000 more in revenue, 1,000,000 $80,000,000 more? You’d still be below 2001, 2002 attendance levels. Just bad businessmen.
They could have done this and still managed their salary ok. So why not do the deal baseball wise? Well Gonzalez in July and August has an OPS of .928 and .972 respectively. Crawford is having surgery on his throwing elbow. Sucked in Boston after leaving Tampa, surgery is no big deal and Los Angeles might present some microscope issues. Beckett can still pitch, but does not seem to be aware that he should not do stupid things on days he’s not pitching. That might be a big deal with Mariners who have traded away guys due to the PR factor around player problems as in Freddie Garcia and Carlos Guillen.
All of these guys passed through waivers before the Dodgers claimed them. The Mariners would have had an earlier claim than the Dodgers.
None of the available free agents at first base match up to Gonzalez and Crawford returning to form is a Safeco type of player. Beckett is a flake but can still pitch.
Swing and a miss.