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  1. Not quite so fun when you remember that Thornton suddenly turned into a good pitcher after the M’s dealt him for Joe Borchard . . .

    Comment by The Ancient Mariner — January 24, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  2. He’s definitely a better bet for the closer’s job than Mark Lowe or Aaron Heilman.

    Comment by HeirToKetwerp — January 24, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

  3. I seriously doubt that at this point. Not knowing Aardsma except as the guy that’s always at the top of my fantasy draft sheet… when it’s alphabetical, I can’t say what sort of upside he has. However, Heilman is a solid reliever and I see no reason for the M’s brass to go with Aardsma’s upside (if it’s even there) over Heilman’s proven-commodity.

    Comment by philosofool — January 25, 2009 @ 1:10 am

  4. Looking at their numbers on Fangraphs I have a hard time seeing any daylight between them. Lowe has publicly expressed his interest in closing; Heilman in the past has been vocal about wanting to start (but apparently would take closing over being an interchangeable reliever). If Heilman bounces back to his ’07 numbers he’s obviously the better choice; otherwise, it’s probably going to come down to whichever one Wakamatsu feels most comfortable with in that role coming out of spring training. He’s said he wants defined roles for the back of the bullpen and he doesn’t want a “closer by committee” but it’s certainly possible he won’t stick with one guy the whole season.

    Comment by joser — January 25, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  5. Aardsma will definitely at one point drag you into thinking he can be a good reliever, but if history says anything he will go through periods where he is terrible at finding the strike zone. This is a good move because the Mariners aren’t looking at realistically being competitive in 2009, so if nothing else maybe Aardsma pitches very well and they can swing him at the deadline to help the team in the future.

    Fangraphs is a very informative site by the way. Rob Neyer refers to it sometimes, but I just recently began reading it, and added it to my “bookmarks.”

    Comment by Joe — January 25, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

  6. Is Nick Hundley by chance related to Todd Hundly?

    Comment by Nathan — January 26, 2009 @ 11:38 am

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