Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Someone at the PI forgot to give the new guy the memo. With John Levesque's column this morning it doesn't look like he's totally in the Mariners' pocket.
Now that the Mariners have signed Raul Ibanez, Eddie Guardado, Scott Spiezio, Rich Aurilia and Quinton McCracken -- the Five Queasy Pieces -- fans are wondering if the local club has any interest in going after Arte Moreno.
As an Expo in 2003, Guerrero batted .330 with a jaw-dropping OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) of 1.012 in an injury-shortened season.

With Cincinnati and Oakland, Guillen, also injury plagued, hit .311 with an OPS of .870.

With the Angels, Anderson batted .315 with an OPS of .886.

For the sake of comparison, here are the same-category results for the trio likely to be starting the 2004 season in the Mariners outfield: Raul Ibanez, .294, .799; Randy Winn, .295, .771; Ichiro Suzuki, .312, .788. Not bad, but not nearly as powerful. (For those who find OPS more valuable with RBI numbers folded in, the new Angels outfield had 281 runs batted in last year, the Mariners 227.)


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