- Today's Spring Training scores: Bal 7 FLA 5; CLE 3 HOU 4; DET 3 TOR 1; FLA 4 WSH 1; LAD 3 ATL 10; PHI 5 PIT 4; TB 7 CIN 6; STL 5 NYM 4; LAA 3 TEX 2; CWS 7 ARI 5; KC 13 SD 9; MIL 4 OAK 11; SF 8 CHC 6; BOS 8 MIN 3.
- SI.com's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Tigers, I almost typed Marlins, have begun to talk to Miguel Cabrera about an extension. No numbers or amounts are known.
- Royals GM Dayton Moore denies interest in Sosa, saying that his team is not interested in acquiring any free agents as of right now. Too bad for Sammy. He got his 600 HR's so can't he retire now?
- Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko of the Baltimore Sun are on top of the Brian Roberts situation. The Cubs had a pair of scouts watching Roberts play yesterday. The Orioles are asking for Ronny Cedeno and Sean Gallagher, and maybe Jose Ceda or Donald Veal as a third player. A fourth player may be discussed.
- To top this off, just reminding you readers that Mariners Central has a new email set up, so feel free to drop me a line at marinerscentral"at"gmail.com. Feel free to send me your thoughts, and basically anything Mariners, or pretty much baseball.
Sidenote: Sorry but I didn't know if I should link the email or not, so you may have to do some copy and pasting.
Friday, February 29, 2008
SEATTLE AB R H BI
M Cairo 2b 3 0 1 0
T Hulett 2b 2 1 2 0
J Reed cf 2 0 0 0
B Sardinha cf 3 0 0 0
R Ibanez lf 2 0 1 0
C Jimerson lf 3 1 1 0
R Sexson 1b 2 0 1 0
B LaHair pr-1b 1 2 1 1
G Norton dh 2 0 0 1
M Kiger pr-dh 1 1 0 0
K Johjima c 2 0 0 0
J Clement c 2 0 2 0
W Balentien rf 1 0 0 0
M Morse rf 2 0 1 2
M Tuiasosopo 3b 2 0 0 0
B Ust 3b 2 0 0 0
Y Betancourt ss 2 0 1 0
W Bloomquist ss 2 0 1 0
IP H R ER BB SO HR
E Bedard 2 4 3 3 2 1 0
C Baek 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
R Rowland-Smith 2 2 0 0 1 0 0
J Woods (W,1-0) 2 1 0 0 1 3 0
S Green (S,1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
If you have any interest in what the Giants did, then click here. For a recap of the game from ESPN, go here. For now, in early Spring Training, I think that I'll just leave a link for the game notes, as game number one or two now I guess isn't that much of a deciding factor for most of the players down in Peoria, where I will be about three weeks from now.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
- Today's Spring Training scores: ATL 4 LAD 5; FLA 16 BAL 3; HOU 2 CLE 11; MIN 1 CIN 6; NYM 0 STL 7; PIT 11 PHI 6; TOR 1 DET 4; CWS 12 COL 3; CHC 12 SF 6; COL 5 ARI 5; OAK 1 MIL 7; TEX 3 LAA 3.
- According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have signed reliever Manny Corpas to a two year deal with two option years. $8M garunteed, and the deal is worth up to $22M.
- According to Mark Hale of the New York Post, free agent outfielder Shawn Green going to retire. Green retires with a career line of .283/.355/.494 with 328 home runs. He got over 40 HR in three different seasons.
- The latest on the Brian Roberts deal come from Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. He says this: Both sides remain optimistic that a deal could get done. This deal needs to end. Either complete it, or forget it.
- Freddy Garcia's agent says that the Mets, Yankees, and Red Sox have interest in his client. Garcia was at the Red Sox Spring Training complex yesterday.
- According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Royals are starting to get some serious interest in Sammy Sosa. Why not? Get a few fans in the ballpark. I don't know what kind of role model he will be...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
- Spring Training games started today: CIN 1 PHI 8; NYM 2 DET 4; COL 7 CWS 3; KC 1 TEX 6; WAS 3 FLA 3.
- It looks like Mike Piazza won't be going to Japan, as two teams are rumored to be interested in his services.
- The Rays were never serious about Bonds, but never not interrested.
- The Red Sox had free agent Freddy Garcia over at their Spring Training complex today for an evaluation.
- The Twins haven't made any progress with Joe Nathan on an extension.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
- Jon Heyman talked to Sammy Sosa's agent, who said that Sammy Sosa wants as close to a full time job as he can get. Sammy hit .252/.311/.468 last year, earning $1.85M. None of the 14 teams in the AL have an open DH spot, so that's almost sealed up. Japan for Sosa??
- Also from Heyman, the Mets were offering Orlando Hernendez as trade bait, so they could sign Kyle Lohse of El Duque was traded. Nothing definite yet on this subject.
- Jon Heyman is a pretty popular man today, as he has the latest on Brian Roberts to the Cubs. He says that this trade still has life but that's it. Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider wrote a few days ago, that the Orioles might want Felix Pie or Tyler Colvin instead of the Cubs' apparent offer of Ronny Cedeno, Sean Gallagher, and Kevin Hart.
- Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail checks in again and says that there isn't any market for Blue Jays outfielder Reed Johnson. This shouldn't be much of a surprised, as Johnson was expected to be non-tendered back in who-knows-when.
- Japan is a legitimate possibility for Barry Bonds, but Bonds would rather stay in the MLB. The Rays were said to have some interest, but that was shot down.
A reminder that I've got a new email set up so send me your comments, suggestions, questions, etc. at marinerscentral"at"gmail.com
Enjoy! Here's what is said over at Geoff Baker's blog.
Many of you have written in saying how much you like the bunt drills. Well, the Mariners have a bunting contest going right now. Manager John McLaren has challenged his players to successfully bunt a series of pitches into two small circles positioned just in front of home plate and off to the left and right. Each player gets three rounds of 10 pitches. They have to push six balls out of 30 into the circles. Some high-end golf balls are at stake. It's not easy. The ground is very hard and the balls are tough to deaden.
And not all of the guys you'll see qualify as bunting experts. It starts with Adrian Beltre, then Richie Sexson. Later, you'll see McLaren, who wants some golf balls in a bad way, arguing with Yuniesky Betancourt. The chatty shortstop keeps pleading for a couple of practice rounds. McLaren finally relents, probably because Betancourt is a machine gun of a talker. Kenji Johjima, Jose Lopez and Ichiro also take turns bunting.
Betancourt nailed two bunts his first two times up, then no more. Raul Ibanez wound up winning the challenge today. Ichiro did it yesterday.
The video of players' haircuts didn't turn out any better than the photos. So, I left that out.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
- ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says that the Red Sox signed Bartolo Colon to a non garunteed minor league contract.
- Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail, says that the Blue Jays have signed Shannon Stewert to a minor league contract. Stewert began his career with the Jays organization.
- Something new on the Brian Roberts situation. Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that his sources tell him that a Brian Roberts trade will be complete as soon as Chicago decides on what pitchers they want. This trade may finally get completed soon.
- MLB Rumors has their projection for the Mariners in 2008. They don't have Sexson set for a big year.
- To sum this up, a picture of Miguel Batista taking a bullpen session in Spring Training.
- World Series Title
- Playoff Appearance by Division
- Playoff Appearance by Wild Card
- Not to be Last
2B: Howie Kendrick
CF: Torri Hunter
OF/DH: Vladimir Guerrero
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Over the next month, I will be looking at the rest of the American League, especially the AL West, just to kind of give out a hint of the kind of competition the Mariners will have. Don't worry, the Position Battles will still go on.
Adam Jones was set to be the Mariners' starting right fielder, but he was traded to Baltimore as the centerpiece of the Erik Bedard trade. So, by using our logic, it would seem that a guy like Wladimir Balentien would be an option, as he is next or one of the next few down the depth chart. Brad Wilkerson was also brought in, and may be the starting RF.
Let's start with Balentien. The 23 year old is now the best outfield prospect in the Mariners' system. With Tacoma last season, he put up a .291/.362/.509 line with 24 HR and 84 RBI. He got 3 AB's with the Mariners last season, he got two hits, one a HR, and 4 RBI. That looks good on paper, if those three at bats are in a ratio with around 200-300, as in half to a full season, depending on how everything else goes. Right now, Balentien and Brad Wilkerson have to be considered the front runners for this gig. Keep a watch on Balentien, and expect him to get more than a few AB's in '08.
Next up, is Brad Wilkerson. When was the last time that this guy dominated the batter's box? You'll have to go back to his NCAA days to find some really good stats. This guy appears to be the favourite headed to camp, but anything could happen. Last season with Texas, he hit .234/.319/.467 with 29 HR and 62 RBI. I like the power numbers he put up, and the ability he has shown, which is almost about the same that Jose Guillen has, so the rught field situation could even out if Wilkerson put up the same numbers as last year, and if Wlad can step in and put up somewhat close to the same numbers in a platoon role, then this could work out well.
Mike Morse has to be considered sort of a long shot to make this team, but is still in the running. Morse came to Seattle in the Freddy Garcia trade a long time ago. In the last few years in the Mariners' organization, he;s bounced around between AAA and the MLB. In 102 career MLB games, all with the Mariners, Morse has hit .302/.365/.399 with 3 HR and 37 RBI in 291 AB. Not bad, and his minor league career stats; .261/.319/.408 with 50 HR and 331 RBI in 2270 AB's. Morse definitly has an idea of what the heck is going on out there, so he'll be getting a few looks this Spring.
Charlton Jimerson looks like a longshot, but is a decent prospect that isn't too far down the depth chart. In his one season in this organization, he has looked good, hitting .276 with 23 HR and 73 RBI at AA (322 AB), and then after being called up to AAA, he hit .308 with 2 HR and 7 RBI (65 AB). In his two major league AB's, he is hitting 1.000. This guy may have something, but will most likely be starting in Tacoma.
As I mentioned, it looks like Wlad and Wilk are the front runners for this spot. Platooning would be a solid option, but we'll have to wait and see. Taking suggestions on any other battles as well. I still haven't set up an email for this blog, so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments for now.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The 33 year old lefty is a career .275 hitter with 136 home runs in 11 seasons with the Red Sox and Indians.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Garcia will likely be starting in the minors, but will likely get a shot in the majors if something happens, or he makes the team out of Spring Training. The Mariners are building up a bit of pitching depth after losing four pitchers in the Erik Bedard trade, including left specialist George Sherrill.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Bedard made $3.4M with Baltimore last season. The Mariners inherited Bedard's arbitration eligable situation when they acquired him.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Caffeinated Confines has their Richie Sexson Projection. I realized that in my Spring Training Watch for Richie Sexson, I didn't have a projection. I'm thinking that I might do projections for the whole team in the next couple weeks.
Geoff Baker has a few quotes from Felix Hernendez after he passes his physical.
MLB.com is finishing up their Around the Horn series for each team. The Mariners one can be seen here.
- Always looking for new ideas for this blog. Anything to add, comments, and just about anything else is very helpful. Is there any interest out there for starting a mailbag series?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Butler’s fastball reaches the low 90s, and in time could naturally grow into a mid-90s offering where he can reach back and get to 97 or 98. Velocity isn’t everything, however, as it’s much more critical that he stays on top of his heater and attacks the bottom of the strike zone. He’s already showing as a flyball pitcher, but he can’t let the ratios get out of hand.
His 4-seamer has decent movement, but adding a two-seamer to feed his ground ball ratio wouldn’t be bad idea.
Curve Ball: 55/70
Currently his out pitch, Butler’s curve ball isn’t a true 12-6 breaking ball, but is certainly a curve, not a slider, as has been reported elsewhere. After a 93-mph four-seamer, try hanging in to fight off a 1-7 curve ball with sharp, late action breaking down and out of the zone. Yeah, that’s a good pitch, and it’s only going to get better.
His breaking ball might be his bread and butter and his magic carpet to The Show.
The fact that Butler feels good enough about his change-up to throw it as much as he has of late, is a great sign that he understands how important changing speeds truly is for any pitcher.
The club asked him to back off the breaking ball a little bit, so he’s pretty much using fastball-change as he finishes off the year. Considering the fact that he still isn’t getting hit…
Now, it's the part of the show where I tell you my thoughts on Tony Butler. I see the tall lefty to be a successful pitcher in a few years. He has a good arsenal of pitches, but still needs a bit of work with his command, but that will come with experience. Butler is another one of those prospects that could be rushed up to AAA or even the MLB, but shouldn't. The Orioles should take this guy slowly, and watch him succeed further down the road, instead of tomorrow. I think that a comparable pitcher to Butler could be Scott Kazmir. Both show the same qualities; tall, left handed, strong arm, and an overall good pitcher. Look for Butler in 2010 or 2011.
Monday, February 11, 2008
George Sherrill has been a big part of the Mariners' bullpen over the last couple seasons as a set-up man. Sherrill appeared in 73 games, and had an ERA of 2.36 while on average facing one to two batters a game. Sherrill will only be 31 this season, so he still has gas left in the tank. He's expected to be the Orioles' new closer in 2008, although he hasn't done much closing in his career, only for bits at a time with Tacoma (AAA). He could turn out to be a decent 30 save guy with a little bit of work. The Mariners are losing a very religable pitcher who seems to be allergic to injuries. The Orioles pick up what the Mariners lose. Sherrill will also be a solid mentor fir some of the Orioles younger pitchers. The Orioles now have a solid bullpen of veterans. The reason why the Sherrill part of this trade is so short, is because the other players are rookies that need almost like a preview. Not to lower Sherrill's value or anything, but there just isn't too much to say about him.
He can throw the true changeup and will be asked to develop it further.Grade: 45/55
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
You now what to do. Four answers pick one.
Again, let's try to beat last week's record of 12 votes.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
A clean bill of health would be the last hurdle standing between the Mariners and Orioles and one of the most significant trades in franchise history.
The Mariners would get left-handed starting pitcher Erik Bedard in exchange for five players, highlighted by Jones and left-handed reliever George Sherrill. The Mariners also would send three minor league pitchers to the Orioles to complete the deal.
- The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Mariners have interest in Bartolo Colon. I don't see this happening, expecially if the Mariners eventually complete an Erik Bedard trade.
- Mariners bullpen coach Norm Charlton believes that Mike Hargrove burned out his bullpen to try and get a contract extension. For those of you who don't know, Hargrove resigned at the All-Star Break and was replaced by John MacLaren.
- Baseball America has their Top 10 Prospects and other things for the Mariners.