Seattle Mariners: Time to Get Rid Of Cha Seung Baek

Braden MooreAnalyst IMay 6, 2008

It's no secret that the Mariners front office feels strongly in pitcher Cha Seung Baek. 

He has been used frequently as the team's fill-in starter and long relief man.  They have been reluctant to send him down to Tacoma as they feel there are teams out there that would enjoy his services.

After watching him pitch again this season, I believe that I would enjoy sending his "services" go to another team.

It is time for Cha Seung Baek to go.

Cha Seung Baek has been largely ineffective for his entire career.  His career ERA is 4.94, and he has posted an ERA of over 5.50 in two of his four major league seasons. 

This year, his role on the team has largely been to be the long relief guy.  He is in charge of coming in, eating up innings, and not letting games get more out of control. 

Baek has been an utter failure at that so far this year.

In his latest outing against the Texas Rangers, he came in and promptly gave up four runs in his first inning of work.

Right now, Baek is 27-years-old and will be turning 28 at the end of the month.  He is not getting any younger.  His skill set will not be progressing any further.  It makes much more sense for the Mariners to find these so-called teams that are so interested in Baek and get something for him.

It makes much more sense for the team to call up R.A. Dickey, the knuckleballer.  Dickey is perfect to be a long relief guy.  The knuckleball puts relatively little strain on a pitcher's shoulder, so Dickey would be perfect to come in and eat up innings, even on successive days.

Or, if the Mariners would rather, getting rid of Baek would allow them to bring up a young prospect and let him get his feet wet in the majors.  At least with a young guy, the possibility of improvement is still there, and letting him pitch might do the player and the team some good.

Right now, Cha Seung Baek is not giving the Mariners any value.  He is eating up a roster spot instead of innings.  The Mariners need to open their eyes and realize that he is attributing next to nothing to the team in the grand scheme of things and that they need to ship him out of town.

Hopefully sooner rather than later.