|By Chris Crawford||By 11-11-2012|
|1. By: jgthompson21 on 11-11-2012 15:48:38|
Make two seperate trades at the same time. Acquire Cabrera, play him at 2nd and trade Ackley to SD for Headley. Cabrera and Headley are better right now than Ackley and Saeger.
Obvioulsy you can't guarantee that SD or Cle would pull the triggers, but ya, I would try.
|2. By: dewey on 11-11-2012 17:13:24|
A question if Clevland is awful what our we? n the lst three years they have 14 more wins thenus and the last two years they have 6 more wins. They arent good but eier our we sorr to bea downer but thats the facts.
|3. By: Paul Martin on 11-11-2012 18:08:06|
This year we lay off all FREE AGENTS, and improve through trades and young guys developing. Next year we make the splash in free agency with bigger names like:
ALL AVAILABLE next year. No need to overspend on an injury prone druggy (Hamilton) or an overpriced Aging player that sucks in the playoffs (Swisher).
|4. By: Chris Crawford on 11-11-2012 18:38:35|
Dewey, while I agree that Cleveland has been as good if not better than Seattle the last few years, Seattle was a ton better than the Indians this year, and on paper, they're a better team next year too with no additions/the likelihood that Cleveland doesn't try to contend.
Paul M, the problem with your statement is three-fold. 1. Several of those guys will have signed long term contracts by the time the offseason rolls around. Two,making judgement's based on a small sample size like the playoffs is asinine. Three, seriously? an injury prone druggy?
|5. By: Paul Martin on 11-11-2012 19:52:38|
Chris, I would take Hamilton for 5 years at 100 to 125 million and Swisher for 3 years 50 million, but someone else will give them much more. To get either to come to Seattle you would also have to WAY overpay on $$$ and years. Look at Pujols last year. No way he is productive for even half that contract. Swisher is past his prime, yet some stupid team will give him 5+ years at crazy money. No way we get him for 3 years.
|6. By: Paul Martin on 11-11-2012 20:01:03|
In the NFL, Mike Holmgren learned to draft defense and use free agency $$$ on offense. Given the Mariner's ballpark, they need to trade for offense and sign pitching free agency. Getting a pitcher to agree to come to Seattle is MUCH easier than attracting a hitter. Just ask Adrian Beltre. It just isn't going to happen.
|7. By: sexymarinersfan on 11-11-2012 21:26:01|
While I don't agree with PM's total synopsis, I do believe he's on to something. I've felt for awhile now that in order for Seattle to attract hitters to Safeco Field, they're going to have to overpay to get them here. People like Hunter, Hamilton, Swisher, and such will be looking first to contending teams, or ballparks where they can pad their stats, feel safe in a lineup, etc. That just in Seattle, yet. Personally I feel that it would be easier for Jack and co. too acquire SP through FA at a rather acceptable price and then trade from a point of strength. However, let them prove me wrong. If they can woo some big time FA hitters here for a cost that makes sense, by all means, please, please, for the sake of our beloved franchise, PROVE ME WRONG!
|8. By: sexymarinersfan on 11-11-2012 21:30:21|
With that being said, I've heard that Aaron Harang and Chris Capauano may be available on the trading block. Might be worth looking into.
|9. By: 24fan4life on 11-11-2012 22:28:44|
I understand the logic behind PM's comments. I also believe that this year may be one where a team like us, desperate for offense, could capitalize on a lukewarm interest in what's available. I'm just not convinced yet that swisher and Hamilton will get outrageous contracts. And I believe they could be convinced they're going to a team, Seattle, that's only two bats away from competing.
|10. By: maqman on 11-12-2012 10:45:08|
Cabrera would add to our crowded middle infield, although he would be a better bat - maybe. Franklin, Moreno, Miller will be knocking on the door this spring training. Seager may not be finished developing, Ackley may relearn how to hit and Ryan is the best defensive player in the game according to the Fielding Bible.
I'm guessing Z will trade for one bat and sign one free agent stick. Hamilton is the only MOTO and I think he will end up costing more than he's worth, but two decent hitters will contribute as much or more as one MOTO will.
Personally I'm hoping they sign one or both of Joe Blanton and/or Scott Feldman for 2 or 3 years as they will bring back lots of talent at the trade deadline or next off-season when our home grown arms start to contribute. They are priced right and will shine in Safeco and be rough equivalents to Iwakuma for a similar cost. Any trade for a bat will cost us an arm or two most likely.
|11. By: studentofthegame on 11-12-2012 13:36:37|
What is the deal with us picking up Cousins? This does not seem like a good use of 40-man roster space!
Also, what the heck are we doing with Figgins? Is he going to be on the roster when we reach the winter meetings?
These things seem to be more problematic than who we are gonna trade for or sign from free agency.
We still have junk in the garage. Once we get some of those questions resolved it seems like the additions should start to happen.
For me I like E-Jax, Swisher and Morneau from your list of options.
|12. By: Paul Martin on 11-12-2012 17:03:28|
We thought no one was going to go crazy over Prince Fielder last year too, and then Martinez gets injured and out of nowhere Detroit jumps in with a huge offer.
It just takes one team...I think Hamilton and Swisher will get better options in terms of $$$, years, playoff teams/contenders, or hitter friendly ballparks.
Lets hope Z gets a hitter via trade because it won't happen via free agency.
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