It really settles out to two positions. One is that the M's are trying out the kids. Even with the trading deadline coming up, and availability of a bat or two being likely being available for a price either in increased salary or for a prospect or two. The thinking being that the M's could make that four run per game threshold for a price in salary and/or players. Who is available? That's not so clear. Would the M's make a move? That's become a lot more muddled the past twenty four hours. Shannon Drayer reported in her blog M's confirmed they are unlikely to spend more money. With Erik Bedard having a fabulous year, his one year $1 million dollar salary is laden with incentives that will likely cost ownership in the range of $7 million. Baker takes ownership to task, failing to support a historically superior pitching staff with even the effort to acquire adequate hitting talent. The division is weak, the pitching is good, and with even a modest increase in run scoring ability, this team could win the division, and in a down year for offense, could ride its pitching a long way in the playoffs.
|Erik Bedard's success on the mound has dampened owners' enthusiasm for as they watch his contracted incentive clauses pile up. The M's owe Bedard another $6 million this year. Pay the man; he's earned it.|
|It's early, but M's fans should cheer. Dustin Ackley has been everything they'd hoped he would be.|
|Ryan Ludwick is likely to be dealt from the Padres by the trade deadline? Could he be a fit for the Mariners in left field?|