It's actually pretty fun to watch Jeff Sullivan try to fill the day with his daily efforts to rally the troops and share his exasperation with the lack of action on the trade and free agent fronts. On the other hand, I find Geoff Baker's investigation into the Mariners' financial status, and their relative economic competitiveness versus the rest of baseball strange and verging on hysteria. Dave Cameron's calls for patience seems to lack urgency and energy, and meanwhile there are no trades, signings, Prince Fielder sightings. Nil. Nada. Nothing.
What's a Mariner fan to do?
|Trade Felix Hernandez? Scoff, cough, harumph! Never-well maybe never.|
The stories all start the same: The Mariners could speed their rebuilding program by trading Felix Hernandez. To the Yankees. Grr. The Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics traded good players to the Yankees, did it help them? The St. Louis Browns anybody? Last I checked their best players were Ned Garver and Eddie Gaedel and the team was pulling up stakes and headed to Baltimore. I don't care whether the target team is the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Phillies or whoever else is pouring money into players for their team, the Mariners are not a plantation for the big boys. We can't trade away our best for another team's leavings. Felix Hernandez is one of the five best pitchers in baseball, he's the most visible member of the team, draws fans to the ballpark, and he needs to remain a Mariner.
|The King's Court-An island of supporters in a sea of empty seats at Safeco Field.|
|Hi, my name is Manny Banuelos and I may pitch for the Yankees some day when they let me out of high school. Okay, that's not fair, he may be good, great or really suck. He's just a prospect so we don't know.|
What I don't like is the insinuation the Mariners should gamble here. It's Felix, you won't be able to sign him so you've got to trade him to New York (grrr) where we all live and work (grrr) because frankly the Mariners just aren't worthy of having such a wonderful player. This is plantation thinking-other teams must develop players to fill the needs of the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Phillies, or maybe the Angels, because they're the ones with the money. We'll give you leavings, dress up the deal with lots of prospects and say it's all you deserve. Prospects are nice but in the end they're just prospects. We already are playing a team that is almost entirely composed of prospects-Smoak, Ackley, Seager, Carp, Wells, Robinson, the bullpen and a couple of projected starters-they may be good, but they haven't shown anything yet. Would you seriously look at Justin Smoak and say with certainty he's the real deal? Yes, but my fingers are crossed.
Hey wait a minute, writer/asshole how about giving us some proven talent? I'm not above trading Felix, but give us somebody good as a centerpiece. I'd take Robinson Canoe. He makes about the same amount of money as Felix, and then we could move Ackley out to left field, which he played in college. Curtis Granderson would fit in well with this team-he's a legit centerfielder with pop; that's a deal I could live with. How about Texeira with your Manny dude? Mark's fading a bit but plays a good first base and hits with power from both sides of the plate. Don't tell me I'm lucky to trade one of the best pitchers in baseball for a bunch of question marks, give me (the fan, the team, the players) respect and trade straight across for a player who can help this team improve on the field now.
What? Trading Texeira puts a hole in your lineup? Gosh, I hear that Montero guy can really hit, and it shouldn't take too much to make him a first baseman. Your fans will understand.