When Mariners fans used to hear that name, they would tense with anger.
Ever since Bavasi was put into the GM position in 2003, he has turned a once-proud franchise into the laugh of the AL West. Since his hiring, the Mariners have been a joke in Seattle, and to everyone who has bothered to pay attention to them.
All you have to do is look at the league's sixth-highest payroll, and you will shake your head in disbelief. At that position sits the Mariners, also known as the worst team in the league (as of June 17, 2008).
At 25-46, the Mariners have totally sucked away all the hope for a great season from the beginning. But, when you have little to no talent, and an extremely overpaid ball club, what can you really expect? The few bright spots this season have been Jose Lopez, Yuniesky Betancourt, Brandon Morrow, Felix Hernandez—and as far as I'm concerned, that's it.
The worst offenders this season for the M's have all been players that are overpaid by Bavasi. Here are my top five stinkers:
- Richie Sexson-$15,500,000 (batting .218 with 9 HR, 23 RBI, and 21 runs)
- Miguel Batista-$9,500,000 (3-8, 6.09 ERA, 82 hits, 45 walks, 43 strikeouts)
- Jarrod Washburn- $9,850,000 (2-7, 5.83 ERA, 90 hits, 23 walks, 42 strikeouts)
- Carlos Silva-$8,250,000 (3-8, 5.75 ERA, 113 hits, 16 walks, 35 strikeouts)
- Jose Vidro-$8,500,000 (batting .211 with 5 HR, 34 RBI, and 19 runs
Taking a look at that list, you will realize that the M's starting pitching is not living up to its predicted greatness. At the beginning of the season, the Mariners pitching was getting ranked among the tops in baseball—but as this season has shown so far, the prediction wasn't close to correct.
Hopefully, after the firing of Bavasi, the Mariners will be able to finish off the season with the intention of rebuilding for the future. I'm guessing that the front office will make better decisions this off-season, and the M's will be able to pick up some good free agents for less money, release some of the overpaid bums, and get the first pick in the '09 draft.
Take a sigh of relief M's fans, the future is brighter for these M's without an idiot GM. With guys like Clement, Reed, Balentien, Triunfel, and other players with bright futures looking on from the bench and the minors. Next year, they will be ready to fill in for some of the overpaid players.
Plus, I don't think the M's will be signing players like Weaver, Vidro, or Sexson anymore. The Bavasi era is over!