Super stars in SeattleFebruary 2nd, 2013 by terrybenish
Dave Cameron has an interesting piece in the USS Mariner blog, from yesterday. The link is below.
The topic and his effort to mount an argument to refute that baseball super stars do not want to play for the Mariners are both interesting. Follow the link it is a good read. If you liken it to music it is like the flight of the bumble bee, in that it is a very narrow exercise to prove his point.
The Mariners have never once signed a super star free agent to join the team. They have acquired two guys in trades that were or would become super stars in Randy Johnson and Cliff Lee. In neither case did they retain them. They let Ken Griffey Jr., and Alex Rodriguez go. They have signed middle tier guys in John Olerud and Brett Boone.
Returning to Art Thiel’s book
, Lincoln said that they did not feel that they could compete or had to compete to survive. That is not a quote, but describes the dialog. They have not moved an iota from that. There has been some hilarious chatter regarding the change over in the General Manager’s retinue, with the elimination of all the stat guys. People are linking the signing of all the old slow guys to this action.
At some level, the moves can be described as bridge moves, to cover the potential of a gap before the gems in the system arrive. On the other hand the past three years suggests that it is hard for them to tell gems from rocks.
For grey days, nine days till pitchers and catchers show up, Stanley Clarke and friends: