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June 29, 2004
BASEBALL: Following Freddy

Baseball teams tend to be unfortunately half-hearted in cutting bait on hopes of contention at times - consider Arizona's decision to retain Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez and Steve Finley even after the departure of Curt Schilling set them firmly on the rebuilding track - so we can't read too much into the Mariners unloading free agent-to-be Freddy Garcia. Still, with the aging Mariners in last place 10.5 games behind their nearest competitor, it's interesting to look at what's left. Leaving aside the rather pointless catcher swap of Ben Davis for Miguel Olivo, the primary bounty from the deal was Jeremy Reed, a high-average hitting outfielder (the Mariners also got minor league SS Michael Morse). The logical next steps would be dealing Jamie Moyer, Eddie Guardado, Mike Myers, and John Olerud (although Olerud's fine .374 OBP isn't really enough to deserve a starting job on a contender for a 1B who's slow and has no power).

UPDATE: Derek Zumsteg and friends at the USS Mariner are pretty pumped about the deal, partly in light of having watched Garcia's struggles in recent years; start here and scroll down. Unsurprisingly, David Cameron doesn't think Jamie Moyer's going anywhere. More interesting is whether some contender with a hole to fill will take a flyer on Bret Boone. Gee, I wonder who has money to burn and Miguel Cairo playing second base?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:39 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Yes, but have you seen Boone's performance this year? He's doing worse than Cairo in every way. The Yankees do like to waste money, but they've usually preferred expensive imports who are at least no worse than the cheap replacements. (This wasn't true in the 1980s, but ...)

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at June 29, 2004 5:32 PM

Yeah, that's why I didn't think of Boone initially. But a guy who had two years as spectacular as Boone did in 2001 & 2003 isn't a terrible gamble to pick up and hope he warms up down the stretch, rather than a guy like Cairo with no upside. There may be better options, but you'd have to consider Boone.

Posted by: The Crank at June 29, 2004 5:50 PM

John Olerud is one of "ours"
I don't think the fans would like him being traded.

Posted by: Sarah Schreffler at July 1, 2004 12:16 AM
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