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rick82If our budget is cast in stone, and all we have in currency is prospects, we gotta be real careful in how we cash them in. Sucks for this season, but if we play our cards right, we will be killer in the next couple years. And we can still win this season. I continue to re-iterate the Dodgers won 97 games in '65 with worse pitching and hitting than we have. We don't do the little things they do, but we do have better pitching and hitting (ERA+ 121 to 116, hitting 92 to 89). Jack has probably been told by Lincoln that he will not tolerate giving away Choo, Cabrera and Jones for a chance to go from suck to super suck.16 min 32 sec ago
phxterryDaddyO - "Slip slidn away" -- good call -- that tune has been bouncing around my head for the last 2 weeks. Paul Simon is my hero for coining my favorite line "All along along there were incidents and accidents; There were hints and allegations". The M's are all about hints and allegations, not substance. Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/paul-simon/you-can-call-me-al-lyrics/#Spictsgup9pLD9yF.9937 min 27 sec ago
benihanaWhile opportune time to make a move is long in the rear-view mirror - Chris Cotillo reports - "The latest on Matt Kemp, who some say the #Dodgers are trying hard to trade before the deadline: http://sbnation.com/e/5697616 " - if you can get Kemp for little talent, he's a perfect buy option for me. Locked up long term, doesn't cost much in talent to acquire and has the potential to be really good next year. Dodgers need bullpen arms. There is a fit there.42 min 19 sec ago
SABR Mattremember when we almost traded Walker/Pryor/Furbush/Franklin for Upton? Remember how we all thought thatn would have been spectacularly bad? Pryor is broken, Furbush is mediocre, Franklin can't hit a fastball, and Walker is a ticking time bomb waiting for shoulder explosion. Maybe not so bad after all?54 min 6 sec ago
SABR MattThe Ms are a loser franchise because they refuse to ever take any risks...which is, of course, the riskiest thing you can do.56 min 36 sec ago
DaddyOThe M's are a loser franchise in part because they always seem to want to postpone the day of reckoning. In the offseason, they build a roster to see what they have, one that, if necessary, can be added to at the trade deadline. Then after they've gone through 50% of the season to prove that, yes, as we knew in the spring, they didn't have enough and had obvious holes, as the trade deadline nears they engage in a month of angst over whether or not they are willing to pay the price to make a bold move to redress their obvious issues, and inevitably they play it safe, telling themselves they'd rather make any bold moves in the offseason. They're always waiting for whatever they consider "reasonable" opportunities. For them, these opportunities almost never materialize, though they seem to for other clubs.1 hour 14 min ago
DaddyOTo me the M's showed their true stripes not when they signed Cano, but when they didn't double down and get someone to hit behind him. I'm getting less excited about a trade deadline add because the M's have simpy urinated away (hope this doesn't bother you or anyone else, Doc, but no other word describes it) too many games to make up for what could have been. I WILL get excited if their wait turns out to be for a prime piece that will be here at least for next year as well. But phxterry makes a great point below, that it's much easier to fix a roster in the offseason than at the trade deadline. (See next shout for continuation).1 hour 19 min ago
DaddyOTotally agreed Silentpadna. You hold back your prize chips in order to get back prize players, otherwise you're just playing Washington Generals to the big boys' Harlem Globetrotters. Re: your Dad, I didn't move to the Seattle area until 1995. Wish I could have read his work.1 hour 25 min ago
benihanaThe time to make a move has passed. The time was 3 weeks ago. Since then we've lost 7 games by 2 or fewer runs. It's also clearly a sellers market where teams with contending ownership groups and management are looking to pay premium prices for, among other things, second baseman and relievers. The M's should look to trade Farquhar, Biemel, Ackley, Taylor and/or Kelly. The ownership by committee's indecision and lack of competitive fire, coupled with GMZ's inability to get trades across the finish line have seen our playoff chances drop to 13%. A legitimate post season opportunity existed this year and ownership/management watched it go by like Brad Miller staring at strike three. In any other city it would be pitchfork time.1 hour 27 min ago
SilentpadnaI've shouted from the rooftops for years that the org needs to take a "win-now" position. Spending $1.15 or $1.25 for $1 is not a problem for me. That said, if you have any intention at all at landing the best player, you can't shoot your best chip out there for a patch. You could pick up somebody without trading Walker. If you even entertain the idea of a guy like a Stanton, that's who you hold a guy like Walker back for. I'm actually okay with the M's holding back if the price is too high. There really does have to be a line somewhere. Overpay for Stanton or Price/Zobrist? Fine. Overpay for Zobrist alone? Not bloody likely for me. Remember, this team was 9-17 in April, back when I said they were already irrelevant. I was wrong then. If I said it now, I could easily be wrong again.1 hour 29 min ago
DaddyO"Slip slidin' away. Slip slidin' awa-a-ay. You know the nearer your destination the more you're slip slidin' awa-a-ay" -- Paul Simon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_H-LY4Jb2M1 hour 29 min ago
SABR MattPathetic...we're the only club in any organized sport who would read this position as "well, better be careful not to overpay to win...there's always next year"1 hour 48 min ago
SilentpadnaDaddyO, agree regarding Baker, but I'd take one guy ahead of him. Of course, that's only because he's family. My father was the TNT M's beat writer for two stints. The first 3 seasons and again through the mid-80s, long before the franchise had any money. But in terms of real reporting, and jouirnalistic integrity as a package, Baker is hard to beat.1 hour 49 min ago
phxterryIn fairness to GMZ as we criticize him for failing to pull the trigger to fix the M's offense, it's difficult to construct a properly balanced roster at the trade deadline, when sellers are demanding overpays and there are few players available. The M's current roster deficiencies were known in the spring, and were not addressed, for whatever reasons (genuine or manufactured). Tough to fix roster holes now without major over-pays. Well, the M's flirtation with the WC this year was nice while it lasted. I hope Felix continues his good health in 2015 and Cano's regression doesn't start til 2016. Maybe the M's will stay in contention through August next year. And maybe, just maybe, we won't have to watch Endy Chavez next year. Baby steps.2 hours 47 min ago
DaddyOWhen Baker came to Seattle he figured out what this franchise was all about and proceeded to hammer on it's deficiencies over and over and over again until many got sick of hearing about it. But Baker did something no Mariners beat writer had ever done before...investigative reporting. He did his homework, and he didn't pull his punches in order to retain access, something every M's beat writer had previously done, and something characteristic of the current crop of writers. Baker was like a predator who, once locked onto his prey, wouldn't let go. As such, yes, there were times where it seemed like he was in a feeding frenzy (a sort of insanity). But I'd take Baker over any other Mariners' beat writer in history.3 hours 37 min ago
moethedogDelete "At least one will be" in the last shout. Sigh....3 hours 41 min ago
moethedogThe daily Jackson report is really good: DJ with two hits including a homer. Pizzano with three hits, he's clearly found his stroke or isn't getting bad luck BABIP'ed anymore. Kivlehan with 2 hits, a double and a triple. I'm willing to bet that two of those three guys make an impact in Seattle. At least one will be Paolini only had one hit but it was his 26th double. Landuzuri gives up 5 hits in 7 innings. Now 5-2.12 hours 56 min ago
moethedogMatt, I'll disagree. The guy is rusty, clearly not in mid-season form and yet he just allowed two hits, no more. Young pitchers figure out the walk deal. They rarely lose the stuff deal.13 hours 8 min ago
merksLooks like the M's won an additional draft pick next year after the 2nd round from the competitive balance draft today. It's the type of draft pick that can be traded which is pretty cool in theory.15 hours 16 min ago
tjmThe Colon comp isn't Chris Young, it's Greg Maddux - same pitch mix, same late movement. You can pitch approximately forever with this stuff. And, if it escaped our attention, Baker was compltely insane. As Doc sez, I mean that in a good way. Guy's a bad dog working a bone. don't go near him.15 hours 25 min ago