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11/27/1977 (39 y, 4 m)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 11, Overall: 95, Team: Seattle Mariners
$3.8M / 2 Years (2012 - 2013)
$5.8M / 2 Years (2014 - 2015)
Bloomquist announced his retirement on Twitter on Friday. (3/11/2016)
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If Stephen Drew struggles to recover from his injury, Bloomquist could be pressed into more playing time early in the season. He should continue to be a cheap source of steals and nothing more. (Chris Cwik)
In 2012, Willie Bloomquist had the highest seasonal slugging percentage of any season in which he has had substantial playing time: .398, topping his 2009 dream season when he slugged .380. As of this writing, like most scrubs, he is out there looking for a tea -- nope, actually, Arizona has both Willie Hustle and John McDonald locked up through 2013. Tremendous. Bloomquist is on the outside looking in, as he does not really have the glove to play the middle infield regularly, and does not have the bat to play anywhere else. With Cliff Pennington installed at shortstop in Arizona and John McDonald apparently the Diamondbacks' choice as the as the backup middle infielder, Bloomquist looks like the odd man out. It's too bad. He is only a bit better than McDonald with the stick (which is not saying much), but for fantasy purposes, he adds a few steals. For now, stay far away. However, Bloomquist has pretty much never been useful as a major leaguer, yet always seems to manage to get at least a couple hundred plate appearances. If he somehow moves up the depth chart, well, still stay away. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
The Diamondbacks have both Bloomquist and John McDonald in the second year of two-year contracts. Do I even need a joke here?
The 2013 season was a lost one for Bloomquist who, due to an oblique injury, didn't make his debut until June. Then a hit-by-pitch at the end of the month resulted in a disabled list stint that lasted until the final week of August. He managed to squeeze out 150 plate appearances, but even with a .317 average, his impact was negligible. He signed a two-year deal with Seattle during the offseason and returns to the city where his career began in his usual utility role. How much playing time he actually receives, though, is in question. With the moves the Mariners made in the offseason, it would appear that Bloomquist's biggest opportunity would be at shortstop where second-year player Brad Miller resides. Bloomquist's speed and experience could get him some additional playing time, but he's not going to post much in the way of value unless the team is hit with significant injuries or he gets a ridiculous number of pinch-running opportunities. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
After an injury-plagued season for Arizona, Bloomquist returns home to Seattle to work as a utility infielder, a role to which he's grown accustomed over the years. His speed always offers some fantasy potential, but unless the team is hit hard by injuries, the Mariners' depth will likely limit his opportunities.
You have to admire the defensive versatility of Willie Bloomquist, as he's played every position other than catcher and pitcher -- and he's not half bad at most of them either. But you don't have to admire his bat, which hasn't been particularly useful, since, well, forever. Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament. (
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