What a great Christmas/Hot Stove this has been. I have long not been a fan of Silva. I did not tag him enough in my blogs, so I don’t have a count of how many times I requested that his overpaid arm find a different team. We traded away Silva for the board game manufacturer Milton Bradley. Milton is a switch hitting outfielder that offers some depth for the potential vacant left field post.
This move is a wash on the money front, but I would say it is money better spent. Silva was a waste from day one. A consistent .400 to .500 winning percentage pitcher with mediocre stuff. Bradley comes with his own bag of issues too, his temper. He has had a roller coaster career, but can produce. It will be interesting to see how he does in Safeco.
This Hot Stove as proven to be the “Anti-Bavasi” movement. Here is a list of known Bavasi moves that are no longer with us: Beltre, Silva, Bedard, and Aumont. If all these moves work out to make the Mariners contenders, this is going to kill any future Bavasi higherings. I can see the interview process now.
“So Bill, you were able to be the first GM with a team of over 100 losses and over a $100 million pay roll ($117.9 Million to be exact). One year removed, Jack Z was able to win 85 games with a $98.9 million dollar payroll. Two years removed, they made the post season. Where do you see yourself taking our ball club?”
I was dancing today when I heard this news!