Wednesday, February 04, 2004

San Shin drafted Melvin Mora right out from under Mike and I. Hence we were forced to draft the proverbial "best player available" by picking super ace Curt Schilling. Hey, I'm always happy drafting a member of the Red Sox.

The Mariners blogverse has been foaming at the mouth over the prospects of Magglio or Carlos becoming available. I tend to think today's article in the Times really reflects the M's thinking at this time. They're too chicken to risk a big trade so they're going to wait and see what happens with the Royals and White Sox over the first 1/2 of the season. If either of them fall behind (tough to do in the anemic AL Central) the M's will make an offer for one of their pending free agents at that time.

There are a lot of flaws with this approach.

1) The M's may be well out of the race by July. One injury to the starting 9 and this is inevitable.
2) Both the Royals and White Sox may be contending in July. Just look at the Twins last year to see how bad you can be in the first 1/2 of the season and still win the division.
3) The other big boys, their hunger currently satiated, will be back on the prowl by mid year.
4) M's ownership calculates how much they would make by putting the $9.5 million into treasury bonds.


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