Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune, a veteran reporter who covers the Mariners, said Willie Bloomquist asked the M’s to take him off the 15-day disabled list for the final two weeks of the regular season, but the Mariners declined. Bloomquist has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
LaRue wrote on his blog that it’s too bad that the Port Orchard native, who might have played his final game for the Mariners, won’t be around on the final day of the season to at least say good-bye to Safeco Field.
You can read LaRue’s blog item here. He’s got some kind things to say about the South Kitsap grad. I’ve been on his bandwagon for a long time, and it’s not a provincial thing. I just like the way he plays the game. When he gets the opportunity to get consistent at bats he produces. I’ve compared him to former World Series MVP David Eckstein in the past, only Willie’s more athletic with a stronger arm. Willie’s never, however, had the luxury of being in a lineup like the one the Angels (and later Cardinals) surrounded Eckstein with.
For what it’s worth, if Jim Riggleman is retained as manager, then I think Willie would be willing to stay in Seattle as long as he’s happy with the contract. Riggleman, a no-nonsense guy, seemed to appreciate the value of the utility player and was playing him regularly until the hamstring injury.
What’s Willie’s value? Well, he made $1 million this season. Considering his body of work, it’s not unreasonable to think that he could command something in the $2.5 million range, especially from a National League team.