December 18, 2012 at 10:17 am
Good interview, interesting insights.
Should we infer from this interview that Wedge, and thus the Mariners, still sees Montero as a catcher? I know Dave Cameron has said quite a bit that he’d like to see Montero moved off of C entirely.
Terry Journot says:
December 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm
I have traveled to Arizona for the last 4 years and have been somewhat excited by the improvement I have seen in the young players coming up and the team the Mariners are building. Unfortunately if something is not done to add a couple proven hitters to go along with the young players who are improving you are going to see another drop in attendance and season ticket holders turning in their tickets. Time for Jack to get on the ball and pull the plug on a deal!
December 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm
maybe at worst, a catcher in the same line as Napoli or V-Mart.. Can play, yes.. want as a regular, no. But, in this case, I trust Wedge. He was a catcher (saw him many times as such) at Wichita State, and then at the MLB level. Good guy. Knows what he is talking about when it comes to pitchers and catchers. ‘Tis a shame his mlb career was shortened by injury.
December 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Seattle has the same problem regarding importing proven hitters as San Diego has. Its those walls waaaaaaay out there turning homers into flyball outs. Yes, they are bringing them in (same with sd, coincidentally) but the reputation still is there.
If you were a FA hitter, with modest power (25-30 hr range), would you rather sign with Seattle, or Philly (with the decision based on ballpark only, all other factors being equal)? Your 25-30 may be 35-40 at end of season, instead of 10-15 in Seattle.
December 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm
Sort of sucks for now but ideally after next season some of Seattle’s top pitching prospects will be “major league ready” in that they will have AAA and maybe a few IP in the majors. At that point they graduate from being talked about prospects to highly desired commodities and provide Jack the opportunity to swap them for top major league ready hitters.
I’m willing to wait, rather than see a dumb sign or trade occur now.
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