I, like most Mariners or baseball fans, tried to get in on all the news as I could during these past winter meetings in Indy. I was hoping the Seattle GM would have helped the team out by signing or trading for our needs as a team. That didn't happen. Instead we lost out on two key actions that could have bolstered this team very well, and with not giving up a whole lot in the process, whether it be by trade or money. I kept hearing the GM say " If plan A doesn't work, we will go to plan B ". Well, I think right now they are on plan C. I have heard allot of stuff out there about how he did the right thing in not spending money just to spend money. As one person put it, don't pull a Bavasi. I'm sorry but that person was an idiot. If they would have stepped on the gas for Granderson and Jackson and Harden. It would have been no where close to the moves Bavasi made. I will no longer write on that site cause of all the idiots on there. If we would have secured all three of those players we would have great talent, and still lots of room to do more moves this off season, without spending all the money we have to spend this year. Instead, we cut our options down. Now it is still possible to land different talent that is still out there, but we now have to find a different team to trade with and hope they need what we got, in turn for what we want from them. We can still pick up a free agent pitcher, but, I don't see that happening with Lackey, and we could surely use him. Especially if the Angels get Halladay + Lackey back. We are right back down to the bottom of the pool if that happens. Halladay, well there is no better talent than him on the market right now. So whomever gets him just got a great prize, even if they suffer a little cause of the money concerns. I will say this though, I think it will be an AL team. So that means if Seattle does make the post season somehow, someway, (and that wont happen unless they get some big talent this off season) they are going to have to face Halladay more than likely in the post season, if they get that far into it - or maybe at the beginning of it. So they are going to have to have there own pitchers to keep the other teams from scoring runs on us. That means picking up big time talent. If Seattle does not secure at least one big bat and one big arm to help King Felix, Seattle will be on the couch again with another third place finish in the AL west. I don't care if they have a winning record. It does you no good to have it if you are on the couch come time to play in the post season. Why do you think that Adrian Beltre will not come back to Seattle. Hmmmmm, Boston or Seattle? Playoffs or couch? Yes, that is where our gold glover will be next year. Boston didn't get rid of Lowell for nothing. My conclusion of these writings is this - Seattle needs to go out there and get two big time players. One power/positional player and one pitcher, or they can kiss this year good bye before it even starts...... that's a fact! If you think you know more baseball than me, well good for you! That doesnt mean I am not right about what I wrote. Mark my words, if those two things don't happen, its couch time for all who wear blue and teal! Yes, I will be pissed. For two reason - one, they didn't make the moves they should have made in the off season, and two, they are not in the playoffs.
(If you see the picture at the top of this article, you will see that it is empty. Well that is the way it is going to look when post season time comes, cause they will all be at home watching it on TV. Sign big talent and this wont happen. They should make a sticker for Jack Z's head " Sign big talent or this year will be deja vu of last")