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Tacoma RainMariners sign Chris Torres - Dominican 16 year old SS. In an odd story, Torres who thought he was getting a $2+ million from Yankees ends up having to sign for roughly $400K with Mariners. Torres in 6 foot tall, lanky, with above average arm and speed, so he will have no problem staying at SS. Since he is 6 foot tall, he should develop average to above average power as well. Sounds like the kid now has a big chip on his shoulder too after this whole ordeal... Yeah Jack!!!33 min 9 sec ago
moethedogI figured young at $5-$6M. But he may want more than a year and he's no lock to eat up innings. That's why I like Dickey. The way he lobs the ball up there he's not going to have arm problems. If you could get $3M from the Jays, and if you weren't giving up more too much prospect..... I would love to have him. Way more than Young. Even if Walker develops, what are the chances you go through a year with no loss of your other 4 starters? Kuma and Paxton have 29 starts between them: Felix 27.5 hours 17 min ago
SABR MattDickey is too feast or famine for my taste. I like Chris Young just fine. He won't cost more than 6-7 mil/year I think.5 hours 36 min ago
rick82Yeah, not sure about RJ. When Dickey takes a lickin, he tastes like chickin.8 hours 28 min ago
mojicianHere's how the world's best clock works: "Within the clock, lasers push together a ball of 10 million cesium atoms and cool them to near absolute zero (which helps reduce noise). The ball is tossed up in a 3-foot chamber, passing through a microwave beam. The microwave beam kicks some of the cesium atoms up into a higher energy state, which causes them to emit light." This is the inverse principle of how Felix's changeup (the world's best pitch) works. the ball jump drops its energy state mid flight causing it to absorb light and temporarily dissapear. You heard it on SSI.8 hours 49 min ago
Tacoma RainWhat about Walker?... I'd rather go with Young, having Taijuan as a fall back, and then a couple guys like Wade Leblanc or Jack's reclamation projects waiting in Tacoma than spending our limited budget on a pitcher who may not be needed.9 hours 20 min ago
mojicianOr maybe Dickey is like my dad's temperamental Omega watch. It looks great but stops telling time accurately when it doesn't receive a $600 servicing every few years, or it gets too much or too little oil in its many, many moving parts.9 hours 21 min ago
mojicianI dunno Moe, Dickey seems like a good guy to take a flier on, but at $12 million bucks, he'd be the key off season add. In 2015, he could be Cy Young, or he could be a meatball, and that sort of stuff depends on the air pressure and humidity that day, and how he files his fingernails (saw the R.A. Dickey movie on Netflix. He has a set of emery boards). As fine as a Timex is, if you're going to pay top dollar, the watch should have a sapphire face, a sweeping second hand, and be waterproof to a 1000 feet or so.9 hours 44 min ago
moethedogoops10 hours 28 min ago
moethedogRamirez may have been given his last start. Walker is still a '14 work in progress who will probably get his chance to prove something in 2-3 more Seattle starts. Chris Young gets more expensive and is a bit of a gamble beyond this year. Wilhelmsen is a possibility. I mention all that in regards to this: Toronto is evidently dangling RA Dickey. He's good for 200+ innings, 33 starts and a 100 ERA+. But at $12M he's expensive for a #5. I hated it when Seattle let him go years ago because I love the way knuckleballers take the pressure off your bullpen and the rest of your rotation. They are the Timex watches of MLB staffs.10 hours 29 min ago
moethedogWe know we've got a rotation with #'s 1-4 for next year that looks to be Felix, Kuma, Paxton & Elias. That's strong stuff. It is safe to say that Hultzen starts no higher than AA and is on a short inning count next year. Seattle in September for a start or two may be all we can hope for. Ramirez may have been given his last start. Walker is still a '14 work in progress who will probably get his chance to prove something in 2-3 more Seattle starts. Chris Young gets more expensive and is a bit of a gamble beyond this year. Wilhelmsen is a possibility. I mention all that in regards to this: Toronto is evidently dangling RA Dickey. He's good for 200+ innings, 33 starts and a 100 ERA+. But at $12M he's expensive for a #5. I hated it when Seattle let him go years ago because I love the way knuckleballers take the pressure off your bullpen and the rest of your rotation. They are the Timex watches of MLB staffs.10 hours 33 min ago
moethedogIf the trade was right and Toronto paid down his salary a bit, would you be interested in adding a Dickey for '15? Is he a better get than signing Young at, say $5M, or so? If the trade was right and you got $3M in Toronto loonies, I would be in. He's a heck of a security blanket. Way more so than Young. Of course there's the FA market or a guy like Colon..but the sure bet 200 innings are sure nice to think about.10 hours 34 min ago
MtGrizzlyYeah - two things I doubt we see again this year: Erasmo in the rotation and Morrison in RF.1 day 4 hours ago
SABR MattI'm guessing Ramirez never starts for the Mariners again unless out of absolute necessity...I'm guessing McClendon is EXTREMELY ticked. If for no other reason than that Ramirez made ZERO attempt to adjust to the Rangers' aggressive approach on first pitches. Goldschmidt pointed out in the 4th inning that he'd giving up something like 6 or 7 hits on first pitches and refused to change his approach.1 day 5 hours ago
SABR Mattyeah...we also learned today that Morrison RF in a pennant race = VERY BAD. He cost the Ms at least 3 runs...maybe 4.1 day 5 hours ago
Tacoma RainI just have a hard time believing this coaching staff believes it is a good idea to have Miller try to learn a new position in the middle of his hitting slump and a pennant race.1 day 5 hours ago
moethedogOver on USSM they are suggesting that Lloyd was very close to playing Miller in RF today (with Van Slyke's approval), which seems not to make much sense since the alternative was to rest Cano, evidently. If you played Miller in RF then Cano had to play 2B. A Ty Kelly would fit into a multi-positional role for this team. BTW, Denorfia is a career .801 guy vL. He's at .623 this year, slugging .320. Will be interesting to see who gets the Sept. 1st call ups. Romero and Smoak, certainly. After that?1 day 5 hours ago
MtGrizzlyErasmo Snell returns1 day 6 hours ago
Tacoma RainWell the streak is over... The Mariners had gone 200+ game of not giving up 10 runs or more.1 day 6 hours ago
IcebreakerXLooking at the scoring summary, I wonder why McLendon didn't pull Erasmo in like the 3rd and switch to The Bartender or something. I guess we can look forward to a sweep by the Astros too... The M's really enjoy playing down to horrid teams, don't they?1 day 6 hours ago