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  1. I understand this is known by many of the smart people around here, but it would be helpful to add, for completeness, that Seattle is more a “big-market” team than “mid-market.” For years, the Mariners have been swimming in an enormous pile of cash, and this year they seem to appreciate the fact they need to spend somewhat freely in an effort to win their division. Texas SP depth is a bit deceiving- Harrison is out and Feldman is very shaky. If Bedard comes back, and if the Mariners find some hitting, they coudl win 8 or 9 in a row and be right back in this thing.

    Comment by JayCee — May 10, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

  2. A Bradley/Guillen DH platoon? I think I’d rather just watch Jersey Shore for my drama.

    Comment by Kenny — May 10, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  3. Seattle has more money than KC and teams like that, but I from what I hear, they have very little wiggle room in the budget at this point.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — May 10, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

  4. Is Guillen really greater than Michael Saunders?

    Comment by BobLoblaw — May 10, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

  5. As a player? No. As a hitter, ZiPS ROS thinks so, at least for now. Saunders wasn’t exactly destroying the minor leagues this season. I like Saunders for the future.

    A lot of what they do depends on how long they persist with the Griffey/Sweeney nonsense (looks like it could end soon), and also when/if Bradley comes back, will he be a full-time DH or LFer. If he’s the DH, and they’re willing to play Saunders (they only called him up this last week out of desperation).

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — May 10, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

  6. I would think that Saunder’s defensive upgrade over Bradley would offset his offensive downgrade compared to Guillen. And then there’s the financial and developmental(?) advantages compared to Guillen.

    Comment by BobLoblaw — May 10, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  7. Much as I would love it if the Royals could pawn Guillen off on somebody, anybody, I don’t see how he puts Seattle over the top. They need way more than that. But hey, if Dayton Moore can get Jack Z. to believe…After all, they Royals did take Yuni off their hands; maybe the M’s think they owe them one.

    Comment by geo — May 10, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

  8. Any chance the Ms try to target Kila instead?
    He’s a lot cheaper($$ wise) and probably a lot better.
    Royals don’t seem to appreciate his OBP and they love asking, what have you done for me recently.

    Comment by Gary — May 10, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  9. That is just about the perfect title by the way. Insane? Partially. But not completely insane. As an aside, I wish Dave Cameron had taken my bet offer, namely that over the next 5 seasons, he can take his mariners, and he could pick for me any of the 3 teams he ranked lower than them of my choosing (the cardinals, phillies and braves).

    Loser pays $5 a win or whatever to the Jaime Moyer Foundation.

    Dave there’s still time if you dont mind starting in a small hole!

    Comment by TheUnrepentantGunner — May 10, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

  10. The Royals don’t even know how to sell high. They MIGHT play him, more likely, they’ll just hang on to him until he becomes a minor league free agent. This is how they do it in the majors, anyway — wait until a guy has exhausted his value, then let him go. That’s how fellow former Brave wunderkind Chuck LaMar operated in Tampa Bay.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — May 10, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  11. I didn’t say it was a smart, I was just saying that it wasn’t a completely nuts idea. IN fact, I think there’s not real point to it.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — May 10, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  12. Maybe Seattle can give Sweeney back to KC for a final send off…. It’s not like they’re playing for anything this season.

    Comment by Scott Batura — May 10, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  13. i like this, if only for the potential Free Kila factor

    Comment by dan woytek — May 10, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

  14. Seattle ought to be scouting Lance Berkman right now. Berkman said he’s ready to be traded in about the most politic way he knew how.
    Whoever Seattle’s 5th best prospect is would dramatically improve the state of Houston’s farm system right now.

    Comment by bowie — May 10, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  15. Is Anger considered a PED?

    Comment by Steve — May 10, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

  16. They should do that IN ADDITION to finding a LF/DH.

    Kotchman’s D is going to help so much while hitting like a 2B.

    Comment by BobLoblaw — May 10, 2010 @ 4:19 pm


    Just ask Royals fans what they think about this. Getting anything at all for Guillen in the same year that the White Sox actually gave up more than a bucket of balls for Mark Teahen would instantly make GMDM only the 28th worst GM in the game and remove another stain on a once great franchise. The best part is Jack Z is so conceited that he probably believes he can make this a good deal somehow, and Cameron’s Disciples will applaud until they see Jose’s 6.7 second time to first base for the first time.

    I am dead serious. If Fangraphs jinxes this trade Royals fans should boycott you.

    Comment by Paul — May 10, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  18. Saunders in LF and Bradley as DH full time makes Guillen nothing more than the 5th OF or RH PH replacing Sweeney.
    Really, no point at all.

    Comment by lailaihei — May 10, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  19. I’m obviously not Dave Cameron but I have a slight gambling problem and I feel like it would be fascinating to see how that would work out with the Phillies. They seem like a semi decent collapse candidate after the 2011 season just because of age, financial constraints and a pretty drained farm system. Just because I’m curious what is the bet? total record over the 5 seasons, or would it be championships or something?

    Comment by Gina — May 10, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

  20. i think the original proposal was # of wins +

    10 points for a playoff berth
    an extra 10 points for wining the division series
    an extra 30 points for winning the LCS
    and an extra 50 points for winning the WS

    i’d take straight # of wins, if you counted postseason wins as well, and it would have been $5 a game (or you could do $1 a point), for the years 2010-2014. This was after of course 190 something comments after he (foolishly) put the mariners at #6

    I offered him his choice of i think the phillies braves and cards.

    I didn’t get a response, but would still take the bet if we started at april 1 (and why shouldnt i the mariners look bad), all proceeds to charity.

    still, if he is serious about defending his ranking, he has to at least acknowledge the bet. The problem with his rankings remains the criteria he used. He sort of hinted that it was management talent, then current talent, then future talent, but 5 years is a pretty good proxy for all 3, and i think if he was serious he would either take the bet or offer a reasonable counter-proposal.

    Comment by TheUnrepentantGunner — May 10, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

  21. Isn’t Houston permanently in a non sell mode?

    Comment by Gina — May 10, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  22. Yeah I’m not sure I’d take it with the play-off stipulations just because I think the Phillies could build a lead too insurmountable in the next 2 years and the AL West is a lot closer, mostly because pretty much every team has a competent front office, where as the Phillies get the luxury of the Mets inability to get out of their own way and the always selling Marlins in their division.

    Is there some place with a total list or are the individual posts spread out? I don’t think I ever saw the full list, and I actually wouldn’t have an issue with the Mariners over Philly but I’d have a hard time understanding justification of having them over the Cardinals or having them well ahead of the Braves if they were.

    Comment by Gina — May 10, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

  23. The logical thing to do is play Saunders and Bradley at LF and DH respectively full time. The solution to this problem in the Mariners lineup is very simple.

    Comment by Jack — May 10, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

  24. Jermaine Dye thinks you’re friggen crazy

    Comment by COMMONSENSE — May 10, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  25. Completely insane? No, but I would call it mostly insane. Having no-field DH’s on the roster is a big enough problem for this team without adding another one, even if you subtract one or both of the incumbents. Plus, while he hit okay during his year in Seattle, Guillen’s bat doesn’t fit the park well.

    Comment by Gomez — May 10, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

  26. Pretty much. They’ll trade for a reliever and BOR starter in July, make a push in the 2nd half, and end up with around 80 wins

    Comment by Zack — May 10, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

  27. Why wouldn’t they just call up Carp and get similar if not better production?

    Comment by Chris88 — May 10, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  28. For the first time? Um, dude, we had him before you did.

    Comment by Hark — May 10, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

  29. why not buy low on Luke Scott? he’s unlikely to hit any worse than Griffey, but at least he can play a respectable LF, RF, and even 1B. he also doesn’t have a major platoon split (.785 OPS against lefties; .850 against righties) so you wouldn’t need to carry a RH partner. his contract is pretty friendly too – yeah he’s owed around $3.2 million for the rest of the year, but that’s not a huge amount. you can non-tender him if he sucks this year, keep him through arbitration if he doesn’t.

    I’m thinking a C+/B- pitching or middle infield prospect would be more than enough. we would probably eat some his salary for that.

    Comment by David — May 11, 2010 @ 1:07 am

  30. Because Carp sucks and isn’t a major league quality hitter?

    Comment by JH — May 11, 2010 @ 2:06 am

  31. Okay that’s a little harsh, but Carp isn’t the answer to any question worth asking for a contending team.

    Not that Guillen is, either.

    Comment by JH — May 11, 2010 @ 2:07 am

  32. So any truth to the rumor that tomorrow’s article is “Ortiz to Seattle not completely insane” (rumor has it they have take the entire DH platoon)

    To be followed by “Burrell to Seattle not completely insane”

    And the 4 part series is set to conclude with “Nick Johnson to Seattle not completely insane” (rumor has it they have to take Randy Winn too)

    Comment by Hank — May 11, 2010 @ 2:16 am

  33. well its interesting you say that. I think you might be right (possibly) on philly.

    however when he trashed the jays, orioles, etc, he mentioned the difficulty of their division as a hindrance to their successs.

    i would imagine if you ignore the post season the phillies are the candidate to bet against.

    with that said the ratings were pretty open for criticism, partly because of the unconventional picks, and partly because Dave tends to take a very confident air when he writes. (not a terrible thing per se)

    I recall the list looking like

    1) NYY
    2) Redsox
    3) TB
    4) Rangers
    5) MN Twins
    6) Mariners
    7) Colorado
    8) ATL
    9) PHI
    10) STL

    colorado at 7 and the twins at 5 are avant-garde but defensible.

    The 6 ranking for the mariners reeks of homerism. (and for what it’s worth I slightly like the Mariners because I have an acquaintance in their front office).

    Hence my bet. At this point I can’t see Dave taking Atlanta, or spotting me a decent sized early hole (10 games over 5 years is a healthy amount).

    Comment by TheUnrepentantGunner — May 11, 2010 @ 10:03 am

  34. I thought the same thing until I looked up his AAA numbers. Hard to call up a guy hitting .190/.286/.350 and hand the job to him.

    Comment by Gil — May 11, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

  35. Yeah, pretty much–except I wouldn’t play Saunders full time yet. A LF platoon of Saunders and Langerhans works fine for me. Saunders is the future there, though.

    DFA Mike Sweeney and tell Ken Griffey, Jr. this is his final season in a Mariner uniform, but you’ll keep him on the team until season’s end for PR purposes and give him an occassional PH at-bat. :)

    Try to acquire a veteran catcher who can take Rob Johnson’s spot on the 25-man, and option Johnson to AAA. Adam Moore could use the mentorship.

    Then, trade Casey Kotchmann, Alex Liddi, and Josh Fields to Houston for Lance Berkman and you have a much improved lineup. ;)

    Comment by Jim — May 11, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

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